Parents and guardians will have to pay school fees in full for the 2022 first term even though it is a bit shorter as the opening of schools was delayed by nearly a month due to rising coronavirus infections.
Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education spokesperson Taungana Ndoro said the days that have been removed from the first term were added to the second and third terms. He said:
We have had cases of parents who have been asking whether the first term is not too short compared to the second term and third term.
The school fees are approved per term and the days that have been removed from the first term have been factored into the second and third terms, so there should be no challenges with the fees. The fees that are approved will be there.
However, school authorities still need to agree with parents and guardians on any increase in fees to be charged for this term, which would then have to be approved by the Ministry.
The first term starts on Monday, 7 February, and ends on 7 April. The term has 45 school days.
The second term will begin on 3 May and runs for 69 days until 4 August, while the third term will have 71 school days from 5 September to 8 December.