Poor school children sent home

no_school_poorMARONDERA - Several rural schools continue to send home children who have failed to raise school fees for the second term which started on May 10. This was despite directives to the contrary from Minister of Education, Sports and Culture David Coltart. (Pictured: Poor rural ch

Last week poor children enrolled at Dimbe Primary School, Chief Svosve area, were sent home as school authorities would not accept the late payment of fees.

We have read in newspapers and heard over the radio Minister Coltart assuring poor parents that no child would be denied access to education for failure to raise school fees. It is difficult for villagers to raise the required $10 fee. As parents, we wonder who calls the shots between government and school heads, said Loretta Mabika of Neshamba Village.

When The Zimbabwean visited the area last week children were seen out of school doing household chores, herding cattle or playing games. Government should employ school inspectors to visit schools and monitor the implementation of ministry policies by unscrupulous school heads. Failure to do so results in children with poor backgrounds being denied opportunities in life, Terrence Mukamba of Dhirihori said.

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