"Parents Reluctant To Pay Fees Abusing Govt Policy Which Forbids Sending Learners Home Over Fees" - MP
Umzingwane Constituency National Assembly member Levi Mayihlome has bemoaned parents’ “reluctance” to pay school fees saying they are abusing the government’s policy which forbids schools from sending learners home over non-payment of fees.
He made the remarks during the National Assembly Question and Answer session on Wednesday, 28 September 2022, Chronicle reported.
Mayihlome said the situation was not sustainable as school administrators were running schools on a zero budget. He said:
Minister of Primary and Secondary Education regarding the chasing of school children who have not paid fees. The headmasters or the school administrators are in a dilemma, they do not know what to do when they cannot meet the operating costs for schools because children have not paid schools on the one hand and on the other hand, the law does not give a free hand to deal with the parents but at the same time we expect these school administrators to be efficient in running these schools.
He said Government should come up with a clear position on how school administrators can deal with parents who refuse to pay fees for their children.
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Some parents have not been paying school fees for their children citing economic hardships.
Thousands of learners are said to have dropped out of school over failure to raise fees.