The government of Zimbabwe has given schools and parents the go-ahead to use a pro-rata system to determine the amount parents should pay for the none writing classes who will go back to school in 2 phases on 26 October and 9 November.
This was revealed by the Director of communications and advocacy in the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education Mr. Taungana Ndoro who said this to the publication:
That is the procedure, schools and parents come together and agree the pro-rata system, once they agree on the amount the classes will pay, they then forward to us for approval.
Mr. Ndoro also shed more light on some problems that are mushrooming as schools get ready to receive more students:
The problem is that some schools are now taking advantage to demand too much. We have heard that some schools want to have a thermometer for every class but no pupils must be screened when they are getting into class but at the gate so there is no need to be buying thermometers to cater for every classroom.
Ndoro also repeated Education Minister’s remarks last week that 29% of teachers reporting for duty are enough:
About 27-30 percent of the teachers are reporting for duty and remember not all classes have been opened so using these figures each teacher is catering for 23 students which is commendable.
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