The Ministry of Education says it will not take kindly to anyone forcing parents to buy uniforms from schools, ministry spokesperson Hillary Chipango has said
Mr Chipango however said the Ministry of Education, Science, Vocational Training and Early Education was aware of some Government schools forcing parents to buy uniforms from their schools.
He said the school administrators were aware that parents and guardians were free to buy school uniforms from any source of their choice, and not only at the schools which their children attended.
Mr Chipango’s guidance follows some parents’ complaints that some school authorities were forcing them to buy expensive uniforms at their children’s respective schools.
Parents alleged that some Government school headmasters were forcing them to buy uniforms at their schools.
One of the parents, Shem Mushitu revealed that some schools were selling uniforms at K250, while the same uniforms were going for K75 in private shops.
Mr Mushitu said the uniforms were sold at exorbitant prices, and that most of the parents would not find it easy to purchase all the school requirements.
“We are asking the relevant authorities to look into the plight of poor Zambians, because not every parent will be able to meet the school requirements with such a high price of uniforms,” he said.
Mr Chipango said there was need for the Ministry of Education to inspect schools, especially at the beginning of the year so that they see how most of them were being run.
“As far as I am concerned parents should be free to buy school uniforms from any source of their choice, in line with what they have, and they should not be forced to buy expensive uniforms they cannot afford,” he said.