PARENTS in Lusaka have commended Government through the Ministry of Education for listening to the cries of the people on the need to reduce school fees being paid in both boarding and day Government schools.
They however wondered why some schools were resisting the new fees, claiming that they had not yet received instructions from the ministry to reduce.
The parents said that it was a good thing that Government decided to reduce tuition fees after it listened to the complaints of the people.
One of the happy parents Ms Diana Namwaba said it was good that the fees had been reduced by Government.
Ms. Namwaba however said that she was shocked to learn that some schools had not yet effected the reduction, which she said was not correct.
She said many schools she took her children to claimed the reduction in school fees had not yet been communicated to the various school administrations.
She said at one school the admiration insisted that the fees had not been reduced contrary to the announcement made by the Ministry of General Education that it was reviewing the tuition fees effective January 2016 when schools reopened.
Ms. Namwaba said she received the same response at different schools when she wanted to pay for her child who was re-sitting the GCE examinations.
She said the tuition fees have remained the same even when schools reopened and pupils were in classes.
Ms. Namwaba said there was need for the ministry to look into the issue and ensure that there were no schools disobeying the new fees set by Government.
She said the school administrations should also ensure that they called for Parent Teachers Association (PTA) meetings as soon as possible so that an agreement could be reached between the parents and the teachers.
On January 7 permanent secretary for General Education Dr. Chishimba Nkosha announced that all Government schools should reduce school fees as soon as the schools open.
Dr Nkosha said all day schools should be charging between K250 and K500 while boarding schools should be charging between K700 and K1,000 per term.
‘’If there are some schools that do not want to reduce or want to set school fees beyond the set amount, the administration of that school should apply to the permanent secretary stating the reasons why they want to be charging the fees they want,’’ said Dr Nkosha.
The parents however said that reducing school fees was a good gesture on the part of Government especially considering the current economic situation that the country was going through.
They were grateful to the Government for prioritizing education by reducing school fees and hence making sure that every pupil had an opportunity to access education. -Millennium Radio 90.5FM