MINISTRY of General Education has appealed to all public schools who have not implemented the revised school fees to adhere to the Government’s instructions.
Reacting to complaints by the general public on some schools not reducing the fees as directed by Government, Ministry of General Education public relations officer Hillary Chipango said the Government did not expect such behaviour from any heads of schools.
‘’We do not expect such behaviour from any public schools because they should adhere to the directions and instructions of the Government which has seen it necessary for fees to be reduced,’’ he said.
He appealed to all provincial education officers and school heads to ensure that they abide by the instructions, adding that all those that had difficulties with the new fees should write to the permanent secretary stating why.
Mr Chipango also said the permanent secretary had written to all provincial education officers countrywide to ensure they dealt with such cases.
‘’We have heard of such complaints and we have just not sat idle, we are actually doing something; as I am speaking our permanent secretary has written to all offices of the district and provincial officers telling them to ensure all schools in their areas follow instructions and scrap off the old school fees, ‘’ he said.
He said the revised fees were mandatory and did not exclude any public schools from any part of the country and that the Government would not condone any schools wishing to be treated as superior or exploit pupils.
Meanwhile, Mr Chipango has urged the public to take advantage of the on-going writing competition meant to create materials for early childhood education.
He said the development of early education was one of the ministry’s initiatives of imparting knowledge in pupils at an early stage.
‘’Writers from all parts of the country should take advantage of the writing competition; we are asking them to submit learning material for children below seven years of age. This is to supplement on the material we have for early education, ‘’ Mr Chipango said.
The ministry had partnered with several stakeholders such as United Nations Children Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to run the competition that will embrace writers of folk tales, poetry, tongue twisters and riddles.
The competition that had been running from 30th November will award winners on 31 January with prizes of K2,000 each in the local languages of Kaonde, Lozi, Bemba, Lunda, Luvale and Nyanja.