Gvt to contribute 53% of exam fees

  • Parents to pay 47% of exam fees for ‘O’ and ‘A’ levels
  • Public schools to cover total cost of examination fees
  • Artuz says fees still unbearable for majority of parents

PRIMARY and Secondary Education minister Cain Mathema on Wednesday said parents will pay 47% of the examination fees for ‘O’ and ‘A’ level students who attend public schools.

The announcement follows concerns raised on the capacity of parents and guardians to pay the required examination fees announced on February 9.

In a Press statement, Mathema said government would contribute 57% of the examination fees for students in all public schools, with in the meantime parents advised to continue paying the old fees approved in 2015.

Observers raised concern over government’s differentiation of citizens based on private and public schools saying it problematic in that it appears to suggest that parents with children at private schools are high income earners.

“Government said it would release ZWL150 million to Zimsec in preparation for the June and November examinations,” he said.

Grade seven students would pay ZWL125 against ZWL139 paid by government, with the total adding which add to ZWL264 per student.

For ‘O’ Level students, parents will be required to pay ZWL90, with government meeting the remaining ZWL100 of the ZWL190.

‘A’ Level examination fees was fixed at ZWL351, with parents required to pay ZWL165 while the balance of ZWL186 would be met by government.

Mathema also said the 53% exemption only applied to government schools, local authority and non-for-profit making schools.

Private schools were advised to meet the full costs of the examination fees.

“Candidates at private schools and colleges, including those who are re-sitting examinations will pay the total fees,” he added.

Meanwhile, Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (Artuz) has demanded that government assume 100% responsibility for basic education.

Artuz spokesperson Nation Mudzitirwa said the percentage assigned to parents was still a burden.

“It is sad that government is demanding a near 50-50 cost of educating its citizens. Teachers are also failing to pay the same increased fees,” Mudzitirwa remarked.