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‘Schools must apply for fees hike’

The Government has directed all public schools that intend to adjust their tuition fees and school development levies for the 2022 first term to apply for approval from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education before effecting the changes.

On Friday, the Government further deferred the opening of schools for the 2022 academic year by at least three weeks, with authorities citing the need for schools to put in place Covid-19 preventative measures to allow for safe reopening.

The first term was supposed to start on January 10, but President Mnangagwa on December 31 indefinitely deferred the opening of schools for teaching classes while allowing for the resumption of classes for Ordinary and Advanced Level pupils with outstanding examinations.

The reopening of schools will now depend on the prevailing Covid-19 situation after three weeks.

In an interview with The Sunday Mail, Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education director of communication and advocacy Mr Taungana Ndoro said only tuition fees structures that have been approved by the Ministry will be considered binding.

In terms of the Education Act, any tuition fees adjustment must be approved by a majority of the parents at a meeting of the School Parents Assembly attended by not less than 20 percent of the parents.

The school authorities will then tender an application for an adjustment accompanied by minutes of the meeting and the school budget to the Ministry for processing.

Mr Ndoro said the Government does not impose tuition fees on schools.

“Parents and the schools must have school development plans and budgets every year,” he said.

“They put the budget proposals, including any proposed school fees adjustments, to a vote and they come up with a consensus on whether to adjust school fees.

-Sundaymail

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