THE banning of holiday lessons remains contentious among stakeholders as teachers continue to provide holiday tutoring.
While the Government banned holiday lessons as a measure to halt the spread of Covid-19; parents, guardians, pupils and teachers have come up with other means to continue with the practice.
Most parents in Mutare, Rusape, Chipinge, Buhera and Nyanga have gone to great lengths to avoid the regulations against private tutoring, arguing that the lessons will improve their children’s understanding of key concepts.
This has resulted in the mushrooming of classrooms in beer halls, churches, houses and private colleges, with Covid-19 protocols disregarded in most of the cases.
Some parents are even offering space in their homes for the tutors.
Complaints have been raised on how teachers abuse the practice for personal enrichment.
There were also reported incidents of teachers who were neglecting their main duties and victimising students whose guardians could not pay for the extra lessons.
Some have attributed the high demand for extra lessons to shoddy teaching during normal school hours.
Instead, schools have been encouraged to offer blended education programming through open distance and e-learning (ODeL) strategies.
Manicaland Provincial Education Director, Mr Edward Shumba said the practice is illegal.
“It is not okay for people to meet in their houses to conduct lessons. It is unfortunate we have no authority over what happens in people’s houses. However, if holiday lessons are being conducted in schools and private colleges registered under the ministry, these cases should be reported to the ministry for action to be taken.
“If people are meeting at homes or privately owned properties for the purpose of delivering lessons, they can be reported to the police,” said Mr Shumba.