The local authority is owed more than US$1.5 million in unpaid fees at primary schools run by the Bulawayo Council. According to the latest council report, the city fathers disclosed that parents failed to pay fees for the first and second term, accumulating a bill of about US$1, 7 million.
The local authority charges US$10 for schools in low-density areas while for those in high-density suburbs it pegged the fees at US$5.
Latest council minutes at hand note: The council is resorting to legal action to recover the money from parents who are resisting paying fees. Non-payment of fees was affecting the running of schools, thereby compromising the standard of education in the city.
Bulawayo Deputy Mayor, Amen Mpofu, confirmed: The council has not been sending away pupils who have not paid fees but this has affected the councils ability to run its schools. Parents are taking advantage of the Councils position not to chase away pupils over failure to pay fees. The Council is left with no option but to seek legal action against parents to force them to pay up.
Long suffering parents and guardians are failing to pay tuition fees priced beyond reach against salaries they earn.Post published in: News