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Govt Backtracks On Payment Of School Fees Exclusively In Foreign Currency

Govt Backtracks On Payment Of School Fees Exclusively In Foreign Currency

The government has changed its position on allowing schools to charge fees exclusively in foreign currency.

Just over a week ago, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education spokesperson, Taungana Ndoro, told State media that schools are permitted to charge fees exclusively in foreign currency as long as the majority of the parents and guardians of learners support the move.

He said the government will not block schools from charging exclusively in foreign currency if the majority of parents agree to the decision.

However, on Monday, Ndoro was quoted as saying the pegging of school fees in foreign currency is allowed but parents and guardians retain the right to pay fees in the currency of their choice at the prevailing official exchange rate. Said Ndoro:

All institutions providing primary and secondary education are reminded that they fall under the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education.

Therefore, they are bound by the procedures to be followed when making school fees adjustments, that is to say, approval must be granted by the ministry before any adjustments are made.

On paying fees in foreign currency, the Government policy position is that fees must be paid in Zimbabwean dollars at the prevailing interbank rate.

However, if parents have free funds in foreign currency, they can pay but no school must force any parent to pay in foreign currency and if schools have pegged fees in foreign currency, parents must be allowed to pay in local currency at the prevailing interbank rate of the day the fees are paid.

This is a clear departure from his previous comments when he said if parents who oppose the move are in the minority, they should take their children to other schools. He said then:

If parents have a consensus we cannot stop them, if they agree as a majority that they want to pay for their children in foreign currency we will not block them.

Yes, we have the policy that says schools cannot charge exclusively in forex but remember we are dealing with a community of parents and if they collectively decide on something we will not stand in their way.

What we are emphasising is the need for a consensus as in a majority of the parents.

The ministry will come in when we discover that such a decision was imposed and a majority of the parents did not endorse it.

However, if the minority would have been against the decision and feel aggrieved by the decision or that they cannot afford the arrangement of paying exclusively in foreign currency, they have an option of making alternative arrangements like transferring their children to schools where they feel they can afford the fees.

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12 Comments

Musoro Bhangu 1 month ago

The real problem is overpricing, not just the currencies.


fari 1 month ago

ko isu tiri kunzi titenge uniform pachikoro nemaUSD todii zvobvumirwa here izvozvi coz toppers anoita zvese neswipe


Mdra 1 month ago

Ko next year haisiyo yatakanzi vana vane vofunda mahara here ah Zimbabwe iyi


Taliban 1 month ago

mudhara haunyepi ndiyo next year painzi vana vanodzidza free wotoshaya kut wairota ere


Gb 1 month ago

Kana nemi maitoteerera izvozviya taitamba paye toda mari
makachionepi chikoro chemahara


Gb 1 month ago

Kana nemi maitoteerera izvozviya taitamba paye toda mari
makachionepi chikoro chemahara


1 month ago

I remember Sunday mail carrying a headline saying "free education from next year" which next year was this state propaganda machine referring to??


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Chimboti Pizza 1 month ago

Yes, fees haingabhadharwe nemaUSD kudhara ikoko. Pamberi neZWL


ÔşÉ 1┬ámonth ago

makukanganwa kutii next term ndo2023/yamakatii kutii tivhotere zanu vana vofundaaa mahara , , sei muchikanganwaaa imiiii


1 month ago

Tichapedzisira taita zvekukukwaturai ana ndoro imimi


Tateguru 1 month ago

Yes, because some parents are paid in rtgs


Vaye vaye 1 month ago

These guys cannot even stick to a policy for one week, one week uri kuti kana musina maUSDs acho tsvagai kwamunogona, vhiki rinotevera wava kuti vanhu havambunyikidzwi kubhadhara maUSDs. Imbomirai fembera fembera and craft well thought out policies taking into consideration inputs of all stakeholders.



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