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Schools Seek Approval For 300% Fees Hikes

Schools Seek Approval For 300% Fees Hikes

Some schools have hiked school fees threefold ahead of the first term which commences on 10 January 2022.

According to NewsDay, some learning institutions are seeking approval to increase fees by around 300% to cushion themselves against the depreciation of the Zimbabwe dollar against major currencies on the parallel market.

The official exchange rate is about $109 to the United States dollar but on the parallel market, where most firms get foreign currency, the Zimbabwe dollar trades at $230 to the greenback.

Some parents who spoke to NewsDay claimed to have received payment advice from schools that were only valid for a few days. Said one of the parents:

My child has been accepted at a top private school in Gweru. The fees are US$900, but in Zimdollars the fees are pegged at $216 000.

If I do not pay within a week, the local currency figure changes to reflect whatever exchange rate movement would have taken place.

Zimbabwe Congress of Trade Unions (ZCTU) secretary-general Japhet Moyo predicted a gloomy 2022 for parents and guardians. Said Moyo:

Most school development committees have already told parents that fees have more than doubled coming into the next year while salaries remain low.

What it means is that there might be dropouts or children will have to be transferred to cheaper schools, come next year.

Those (workers), who went to their rural homes might not come back if they don’t have livestock to sell.

The cost of living has just gone up and looking at all the other fundamentals, 2022 is not going to be a stroll in the park.

Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) secretary-general Raymond Majongwe said civil servants may not be able to pay school fees for their children. He said:

Teachers and civil servants won’t be able to send their children to school in 2022. Already we have noted that most private schools, which are owned by the politicians, are charging fees in US dollars.

Those schools run by the government are looking to charge four to five times more than they did last term if they are to offer quality education.

Majongwe said that unless the Government pays its workers US dollar salaries, tough times lie ahead for civil servants.

More: NewsDay

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9 Comments

Phillip Mutambi 6 months ago

Yaa varume madiro Mwari ngavapindire apa isu tichitori nezvikwerete zvelast year


Tsivo! 6 months ago

Saka zvoreva kutt vashoma shoma ivo vembinga dzinoba nwkuuraya economy ndivo vaxhakwanisa kuwana dzidzo yakakwirra and young generation yava kutourawa future


Adv slamey 6 months ago

Private schools are just like tuckshops because ma money mongers mazhinji acho kuendesa mwana Ku private school kumuendesa kunodzidza Ku tuckshop.even ma uniforms acho anotoita kunge aana mahobho kana e creche dzeku Nigeria.


Seer 6 months ago

Ma armed robbers achawanda😭😭


Gogodera 6 months ago

Asi tichatongoona vanasingaende kuchikoro nekuti vazhinji vana havasi kuenda kichikoro tiri kungoona vari padzimba


KODZI 6 months ago

Hazviiti IZVOZVO.
Try another deal.
Chakachinja pachikoro penyu.
Stationary tisu tinotengera vana vedu.
Like ma Government schools ose nyararai henyu nekuti nguva yenyu zhinji munenge pama STAYAWAYS.
Tibvirei Apo.
Ma private schools makabvira kare muchibira vabereki tinozviva.
Who can manage that mad fee pricing.
Kana madonhesa Mari yenyu siyanai nekudonhesa dzevamwe


Muoni 6 months ago

Fees ichikwira ne300%, salary yokwidzwa nejust 20%. Pakaipa


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Conquring. 6 months ago

Whatwver kukwidza kana kusakwidza ,tichangodzidza mumaghetto medu imomo tichazongosangana kumusoro chete ,,come to think ofit $900 kunoko haibatike zvekudaro unokwanisa kutopedza year usina mari yakadai


Tanaka21 6 months ago

Yaaah pakaipa



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