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Teachers blast schools demanding fees in foreign currency

Raymond Majongwe

Teachers have described a bid by some private schools to demand fees in United States dollars or its equivalent in Zimbabwe dollars as “outrageous, unimaginable and out of touch with reality”.
In an interview with Zimpapers Radio News, Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) Secretary-General Raymond Majongwe said workers are earning in Zimbabwe dollars and therefor cannot afford the US dollar fees.
”Private schools seem to operate in a world outside the one Zimbabweans are living in. The amounts that private schools are asking for are not only outrageous, but simply unimaginable because not a single worker is earning a salaries in US dollars”, Mr Majongwe said.
Zimbabwe Rural Teachers president Martin Chaburumunda concurred saying that parents could not afford to pay US dollar fees or its equivalent as their salaries are in in local currency.
“Most of our workers in Zimbabwe, civil servants included, receive salaries in RTGS which is not even enough. So I don’t think it is fair to ask Zimbabweans to pay in US dollars or even its equivalent”, said Chaburumunda.
Meanwhile, the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education’s Communication and Advocacy Director Taungana Ndoro said government will only consider submissions to review school fees upwards upon satisfaction that the learning institutions have consulted parents.
This follows the re-opening of some schools for Cambridge examination classes today, while the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (Zimsec) classes are set to open on the 28th of this month.