ALL Government schools should adhere to the directive to reduce tuition fees in boarding as well as day schools, says Ministry of Education public relations manager Hillary Chipango has said.
Mr Chipango said in Lusaka in an interview that the ministry expected all schools to comply with the directive and that he has so far not received any complaint from parents on the matter.
“As far as I know all schools have complied with the directive, let the person who complained to you about being overcharged, let him show you a photocopy of the receipt or come here (ministry) with that evidence to report. Our doors are wide open and we will be able to follow up the matter more efficiently,” he said.
Mr Chipango said all officers in the ministry, teachers and district education board secretaries (DEBS) were fully aware and have complied with the directive of reducing school fees. Mr Chipango said the ministry has made a provision were pupils were being allowed to pay school fees in instalments.
A check by the Daily Nation in Lusaka revealed that some schools are charging day scholars K 1,000 when they should not be more than K 500.
Mr Chipango urged the public to report any officer who would charge exorbitant school fees to relevant authorities. Recently, the Ministry of General Education directed all government schools to be charging user fees between K700 and K1, 000 for boarding schools per term and between K250 to K500 for day schools per term.