EDUCATION minister Aeneas Chigwedere has directed all schools that have requested parents to make donations to reimburse them or credit the amounts to next term’s fees. He said such donation
s, raised to keep the schools afloat, were illegal.
A number of private schools had asked parents to donate money following government’s slashing of their fees.
A letter addressed to Arundel School demands that the school should refund the parents their money or credit it to next term’s fees as it was a violation of the Education Act.
“The notion of donations which are compulsorily exacted, as in this case, is an obvious illegality,” the letter says.
“It should be noted that these voluntary donations are not authorised by my ministry and are a clear contravention of Section 21 (1) (a) and (b) of the Education Act. Accordingly, all monies collected in this manner should be refunded to the parents or credited to the next term’s fees.”
Arundel School had created a Refundable Security Deposit and a Deficit Funds schemes through which parents would donate extra funds to help the school keep afloat.
Through the funds parents were expected to pay extra fees of up to $3,8 million.
The refundable security deposit had been pegged at $3, 2 million, deficit fees per day pupil at $690 000 and deficit fees for boarding at $760 000.
A similar letter has been sent to Eaglesvale School which has sought voluntary liquidation following the ministry’s order that it can’t raise any further funds.