No tuition fees hike – Min Amon Murwira

Acting Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Honourable Amon Murwira has said there will be no tuition fee increases in public schools and those found offending this directive will face disciplinary action.

Speaking at a press conference today, Minister Murwira cautioned Provincial Education Directors, District School Inspectors, and Headmasters of public schools to stand firmly guided by the circular which has been dispatched to them.

Minister Murwira also warned private schools who are charging in foreign currency to desist from this practice as the wrath of the law would undoubtedly catch up with them soon.

“Government also learned that some private schools are charging in forex, it is responsible for approving submissions for private schools, if a private school chooses one way or another to charge directly or indirectly in forex they are in breach of the law and it cannot go unchecked, responsible authorities of such schools are warned they risk deregistration of such schools,” he said. 

Minister Murwira, reiterated that the ministry did not allow the increment of tuition fees but other fees may be increased only after ministerial approval. These can only be approved after schools submit necessary documents regarding the need to increase the said fees. 

Secretary in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Mrs Tumisang Thabela said the ministry availed a circular to all public schools stipulating that schools and parents need to look at their expenses and surroundings then agree on a fee they think can cater to the needs of their children. She said this circular was supposed to be returned to the ministry for approval.

“There is a Secretary’s circular which all public schools have access to that stipulates on how parents and schools look at their expenses and surroundings and agree on a fee they think can feed their children.

 “It stipulates that they have to send their audited statements so that the government is sure that the money has been used correctly beforehand. More than 20% of parents are supposed to be present at the meeting and an authentic register should be presented thereafter if our team is convinced then approval is done,”  said Secretary Thabela.