Don't Expel Pupils For Non-Payment Of Fees: Govt

Government has reiterated its calls for schools to find other means of dealing with parents who fail to pay fees without infringing on the rights of children by sending them away from school.

The opening of the schools’ third term has seen some schools defying government’s directive by sending students home for not paying fees. 

Some students who are at boarding schools were reportedly denied entrance into buses that were ferrying them to schools due to non-payment of fees.

The Deputy Minister of Primary and Secondary Education, Professor Paul Mavhima reiterated that sending students away is infringing on their constitutional right to education, adding that the ministry has a clear position on the issue of fees which schools are very much aware of. 

“Itis not fair to send the students away, we are going to deal with the those institutions,” he said.

Turning to the issue of back yard colleges which have sprouted all over urban centres, Professor Mavhima said the ministry has a mechanism of constantly supervising and monitoring them.

Backyard schools have been fingered as compromising the quality of the country’s education as they are hiring teachers who do not have the required qualifications. 

The colleges also fail to offer extra-curricula such as sport, art, music or even practical subjects. 

It is also reported that drug peddling is rampant in those colleges as monitoring of the students is loose.