Students of Anderson High School in Gweru during a prayer service (FILE PHOTO)

Higher school fees as new term ends December 17

GOVERNMENT has advised that this year’s second and last school term opens Monday and runs until December 17 so as to maximise the learning timetable. There will be no third term.

However, parents will have to fork out more than the normal school fees because of the 80 school days in this second and final term. Normally, a school term has around 60 days.

A formula issued yesterday by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education yesterday says fees and levies can be set at one and a third times more than the normal term fee for exam classes.

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Tumisang Thabela yesterday explained this in a circular.

“Schools are therefore reminded to adhere to the provisions of the standard operating procedures guide as read with the standard guidelines for the coordinated prevention and management of the Covid-19 pandemic at all learning institutions of Zimbabwe to ensure a safe, secure and healthy environment for learners, teachers and all stakeholders,” she said.

“The fees and levies for the second and final session 2021 will be charged on a prorata basis given by: number of days in the final session divided by average number of days in a term multiplied by approved fees and levies for each term,” said Thabela.

This comes to 1,33 times the approved fee.

She added that schools should ensure and monitor that adequate PPEs quantities are in place and social distancing protocols are observed “by arranging that learners attend school on alternate days and in sessions for mega schools. Examination classes have to attend every day.”

She stressed the need for all stakeholders to continue following close observance of the World Health Organisation and Ministry of Health and Child Care protocols and guidelines.

“Keep doors and windows open to ensure adequate ventilation. Create and regularly update a social register or database for both learners and teachers. Display Information Education and Communication materials at all strategic places,” she said.

Exam classes start school on Monday next week while the rest of the students re-open a week later on Monday September 6.

Meanwhile, Government has approved the vaccination of everyone above 14 years which will make almost all secondary school learners eligible.

However, there is no law forcing students to be vaccinated.

“There is no Government policy or law that forces students to be vaccinated before getting into school,” Information Minister Monica Mutsvangwa said in Senate yesterday.

“The Government directive to have school pupils between 14 and 17 years of age to be vaccinated does not mean the vaccination is compulsory.”

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