As primary and secondary schools across the country are resuming first term of the 2022 academic session, parents and guardians of students in private schools are now at the mercy of school owners who expect them to clear bills for many spurious levies.
These fees are exclusive of school, report card and extra lesson fees, among others.
Mr Wilfred Moyo, whose son attends a private school in Westgate, Harare, was angry when his little boy demanded US100 to pay for Continuous Assessment Learning Activity (CALA) which is a student assessment regime that was set to be implemented during the second term in preparation for November 2021 Zimsec examinations. The first phase of the regime was set to run from July to September 2021.
“What are they going to give the pupils? It is part of the many ways these private schools exploit and extort parents. They keep demanding fees for items they don’t have or offer the pupils. I won’t blame them, it is due to the kind of country we live in and the way we run it.
“Now, from government to private schools or college all teachers are doing extra lessons. Where are we going as country? He said.
The situation has been worsened by shortage of secondary schools in the country.
“One can now imagine where children in newly developed suburbs will attend school. That is why people are forced to put their children in private schools. The situation is not peculiar to Harare. Go to any town or city, you will notice that areas that are just developing always lack government’s presence regarding facilities such as schools, hospitals and others. It is because we don’t plan ahead,” Zimbabwe voice was told.
Meanwhile the ministry of primary and secondary education has launched a nationwide blitz on unregistered colleges which has seen some of the college directors appearing in courts and fined ZWD 30 000 for operating without licence.