The government has announced that no school pupil will be exempted from paying school fees for the Second Term although some pupils will only resume classes in September.
Primary and Secondary Education Minister Cain Mathema said parents and guardians might not pay the full fees for their children as consultations are going on to determine when and how much they should pay. He said:
What parents will pay and when they will pay is going to be addressed in due course.
These are details that we are going to work out with parents too, they have a right to make suggestions on what we should do, no one person or institution has an answer, we have to all come out with a solution that satisfies everybody.
At the end of the day, the system must be sustainable, we do not want solutions that will make people believe all is in order when it is not.
The education system cannot exist without money, so all of us have to contribute, the State, parents and guardians all have to contribute and our partners in education too.
Schools were closed at the end of March due to the coronavirus outbreak and the government has since announced a phased reopening of primary and secondary schools.
Under the phased approach, the first group comprising Form Six, Form Four and Grade Seven pupils will be resuming classes by the end of July.
After three weeks, those in Lower Six, Form Three and Grade 6 will return to school and the other grades and forms will resume later, depending on the COVID-19 situation, with lower classes such as Early Child Development (ECD) expected to start around September.