Schools Urged Should Sue Defaulting Parents- Dokora

Harare, May 6, 2014- Primary and Secondary Education minister Lazarus Dokora has urged schools to use traditional and civil courts within their localities to recover fees and levies owed to them by parents and guardians.

Addressing journalists in Harare Monday, Dokora also said the ministry would in the next four months start implementing recommendations made by the Nziramasanga Commission on Education in the late 1990s.

“On the issue of defaulting parents and guardians, schools must take recourse through presenting a list of parents owing money in levies to traditional leaders, who should then summon the parents to court,” Dokora said.

“In urban areas, the list should be presented to the small claims courts in the appropriate, formal manner or the magistrates’ courts. There shall be no exceptions. Levies must be paid.”

He added that all levies should be collected and accounted for and his ministry would be studying the trends in the schools.

“As revenue flows in, it becomes a priority to establish how they are impacting on school development,” he said, and challenged schools to use the money to enhance infrastructural development.

Dokora said the process of implementing the Nziramasanga Commission findings would be inaugurated immediately after a Cabinet briefing. He, however, said they might have to  revise some of the recommendations in  line with new technological trends.

“The 1999 Nziramasanga Commission is now at the level of implementation, but we just have to be sure because between 1999 and now a lot of water has gone under the bridge,” he said.

Dokora said they had pooled in $1,6 million as the starting budget for implementing the recommendations, but they still needed additional funding.

“I still have my basket open although we are still looking for more resources. We think that we still have space in the basket to add addition dollar signs,” he said, adding that the ministry was strengthening its systems to ensure efficient and effective teaching and learning.

Dokora said high unemployment levels in the country demonstrated that the school curriculum needed to be revisited.

“The high unemployment rate is testimony to this curriculum challenge, among other challenges, hence the need to conduct the curriculum review which we time within the next four months,” he said.

The consultations, he said, would be done at 8 300 school sites in all the provinces.