Schools over-charging on Centre fees


EXAMINATION centres should not be over-charged those wishing to enter as candidates for the General Certificate of Education (GCE) as Government has already set standard fees, Ministry of Education spokesperson Hillary Chipango has said.

Mr Chipango said in an interview that as at 2013, the Ministry of Education issued a circular to all head teachers to apply a standard entry fee for all students with K50 being centre charge while K100 was for each subject.

Mr Chipango’s comments followed complaints by some candidates who alleged that some schools were overcharging them and that they were no specific amounts given to pay for the sittings of the 2015 examination.

Some candidates alleged that they were told to pay between K200, and K100 as entry fee and other requirements such as the centre fee on top of the required amount they were supposed to pay per subjects.

Mr Chipango said Government set K50 for candidates sitting for GCE while K100 was per subject.

He advised candidates who have been over charged to report the schools to the Ministry of Education.

“The Ministry would like to call upon members of the public to come forward and report the schools that have been over charging candidates for the GCE,” he said.

Mr Chipango said members of the public should not corrupt anyone to write the GCE examination.

And one of the parents at a named school in Lusaka alleged that their child was denied registration despite the Examination Council of Zambia having extended the candidate registration.

The parent called on the Examination Council of Zambia to communicate to the Provincial Education Office, District Education Board Secretary and head teachers, because they appeared to be not aware about the extended registration period. However, ECZ issued a public notice that the registration period for the 2015 grades 7, 9, 12 internal and General Certificate of Education (GCE) candidate registration would be February 27, 2015 from February 20, 2015.

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