This message should be viewed in the strongest national light it deserves.
I – and perhaps other level headed Zimbabweans – don’t understand this logic, as outlined in the form of questions below:
The President said education would be free in Zimbabwe but parents are asked to pay fees in US dollars. This is despite that the same parents are paid in local currency, that is, if they are working like teachers and other Government workers.
- Who is charging the fees and in US dollars?
- Who is the end user of this fees collectfeein US dollars?
- Where is the Government expecting unemployed parengetto get money for fees and worse in foreign currency? Is foreign currency nol onger state regulated ie how and where was it found?
- How many parents manage to pay O-Level and A-Level exam fees (to Zimsec) and for how many subjects?
In South Africa, education is free for Quintile 1 and 2 schools. Umalusi or the SA Exam Quality Assurance Body charges no cent for secondary and other public vocational qualifications.
Is it not clear that these school fees are now a State endorsed method of poverty engineering?
Government must find some mechanisms to make education accessible to the majority of unemployed parents or guardians who look after kids whose parents died of, among other problems, AIDS and Covid-19.
I hope the public gets the answers it clearly deserves.
- Potera is Executive Director of Fastforward Community Development Centre in SA and a Community Development activist.