Zimbabwe schools sack pre-learners, defy government

zim flagFrom MARCUS MUSHONGA in Harare, Zimbabwe
HARARE, (CAJ News) – ZIMBABWEAN schools have expelled pre-schoolers after impoverished parents’ failure to pay fees.
The minors in Early Childhood Development (ECD) education are among scores of learners that have also been barred for failure to clear the previous term’s arrears.
This is in defiance of government directives and a violation of the
constitution as well as the children’s rights to education.
Human rights groups disclosed the expulsion of students was at its highest since May, which signalled the beginning of the ongoing second term.
This means some students have missed out on over six weeks of learning.
“This is in contravention of Section 75 of the Constitution which
guarantees the right to basic education,” the Zimbabwe Peace Project
lamented.
The organisation said it had recorded cases where students’ results were withheld because they owed fees.
Nine cases in Tsholotsho, Matabeleland North, of pupils barred from
attending lessons because they had not yet paid their fees were reported.
All ten provinces were marred with cases whereby children were denied
education because their parents could not afford to pay fees on time.
At Nkanyezi Primary School in Lobengula, Bulawayo, nine pupils were
withdrawn from ECD after their parents failed to raise $64 (R816). ECD
benefits four-to-five year olds.
Minister of primary and secondary education, Lazarus Dokora, said schools had contracts with parents not children and therefore children should not lose out on lessons because parents had failed to fulfil contractual obligations.
Many Zimbabwe families are reeling in the impacts of a deteriorating
economy highlighted by unemployment of over 90 percent. Banks are
intermittently running out of cash while some civil servants have to
contend with delayed payments.
The government of President Robert Mugabe has urged schools to accept
labour and livestock as alternatives for fees. Government is also too
broke to fund scholarships for bright but poverty-hit child ten.
CAJ News

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