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Private schools fixes fees in US Dollars

As schools in Zimbabwe, resume academic activities on Monday 07 February 2022, parents and guardians of students in private colleges, are expected to pay fees and other charges in United States Dollars.

Zimbabwe voice gathered that it is not a new development as private colleges always accepted payments of fees and other levies in foreign currency.

As gathered from the website, private colleges set 2022 fees between US200 to US 1000. This comprises tuition fee and levies

Private colleges explained in their prospectus that the maintenance levy “is a compulsory levy to enable the college embark on long-term maintenance.’’

It stated further: “Parents may choose to be involved in the college and give off their time in lieu of their payment by volunteering in the canteen or uniform shop.

“Capital Works Levy is a compulsory levy for building projects. The capital levy is set each year by the college and approved by the Board of Directors.

The income from the levy contributes to the capital costs of the college buildings, infrastructure and construction of facilities, as this amount forms a collectible part of school fees, no tax deduction is possible. ’Zimbabwe voice observed.

Civil servants have been pushing for US dollar-denominated salaries, but the government has been pleading incapacitation.

Last month, the government paid its workers US dollar bonuses, a development that unions said was evidence that the government had the capacity to meet their demands.

Government has in the past resorted to freezing school fees increases in public schools and threatening to deregister private schools that demanded schools fees in foreign currency.

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