The new registration fees for private schools must be revised downwards to enable the learning institutions afford to pay, failure to which pupils will be affected, says Fosters school director Gershom Musonda.
The total annual fee for application and inspection, in the case of early childhood schools has been pegged at K6000, primary schools K8000 while secondary schools has been pegged at K10 000 with annual renewals set at K500.
Mr Musonda said private schools have been registering with the Private Schools Association of Zambia (PSAZ) and paying about K650 as annual fee.
He also said there were also statutory fees payable to PACRA and Zambia Revenue Authority.
Mr Musonda said Government should intervene, in view of two schools which have since closed because they could not afford to pay.
He said concerns by the private schools chairperson Mr Henry Kwalombota and other schools on the huge fees imposed on private schools were vital and should be addressed immediately before many private schools closed.
“The Ministry of Education had given the association the mandate to register private schools, and during this time, we expected the ministry to introduce the Teaching Council of Zambia with the view of improving standards in private and public school through inspections and guidance, teacher education and provision of teaching materials, among other incentives.
“The hefty registration and annual fees introduced by the Ministry of Education for private schools will force them to close as many of them cannot afford to pay. The association’s support to member schools is not well recognised, and the Teaching Council seems to have followed the same route by introducing fees across categories of private schools and higher institutions of learning regardless of capacity and level of development,” he said.