Livestock, labour accepted as school fees



From MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWEAN schools are now accepting livestock or
labour from parents struggling to raise money to pay their children’s
This comes in the back of the country battling a severe shortage of cash and rising unemployment among other economic challenges.
Education minister, Dr Lazarus Dokora, endorsed the move on behalf of
government saying this would ensure every child particularly in the rural areas could access education.
“Our schools have to be flexible and ensure those who do not have money to pay fees can work. For example, if there is a builder in the community,they must be given that opportunity to work as a form of payment of tuition fees,” Dokora told local media.
Schools in the capital Harare have reportedly put these measures in place ahead of schools re-opening in the first week of May.
Education permanent secretary, Sylvia Utete-Masango, said while the
payment of fees through livestock was more feasible in rural areas, urban schools should consider allowing parents to work at schools in exchange for the education of their children.
Zimbabwe’s education has not been spared the economic crisis that has seen millions including qualified teachers flee to neighbouring South Africa among other neighbouring countries.
Educators that remain in the country are mostly on strike.
The economic woes are blamed on the administration of President Robert
Mugabe (93) a former teacher.
He will again run for the presidency in 2018.
– CAJ News

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