“School Authorities Must Follow Government Directives,” Govt Scrappes Second Term Fees. .
27 September 2020

Paul Nyathi

Government has scrapped Second Term school fees, while 6 000 teachers are being recruited ahead of the phased reopening of schools starting tomorrow.

This comes amid reports that a crash programme to ensure learners complete their syllabuses and the suspension of sporting activities for the remainder of the year were among interventions being considered to ensure learners graduate to the next grades.

Public schools open on Tuesday for classes sitting Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) examinations as the country resumes direct tuition.

Next year’s examination classes — Grade 6, Form 3 and Lower Six — will resume studies on October 26, and on November 9, ECD A and B, Grades 1 to 5 and Forms 1 and 2 will return to school.

Local schools and colleges closed on March 24 as the Government took pre-emptive measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education director of communications and advocacy, Mr Taungana Ndoro, told state media on Saturday that schools will need to adhere to the directives issued by government.

“School authorities must follow Government directives.

“The official school calendar was Term One. So, there was no Term Two in the first place, and the Government position is that no school must therefore demand fees for a term that was not announced and approved by Government.”

Source: State Media