Schools take action over fees arrears

Schools here have threatened to attach the property of parents who have defaulted on their children’s school fees.

School heads said the government had given them permission to seize the personal property of parents.

“There is absolutely nothing wrong with what these school authorities are doing,” said Dan Moyo, the provincial education administrator for Bulawayo. “We gave them the go ahead because it is the only way they can recover their outstanding balances.”

The government forbids schools from turning away children over non-payment of fees. The only way to recover arrears, under the circumstances, is to sue the parent or guardian. Defaulting guardians have received letters from debt collectors.

“I received a letter from Coghlan Primary School through their debt collectors informing me that they will attach my property for failing to pay my child’s fees for last term. I can’t afford to settle the outstanding balance,” said Gertrude Ncube, a parent.

Another parent with a child at Sizinda High School said: “I think the schools should give us time to pay instead of engaging debt collectors to grab our property”.

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