Dokora heckled over fees

Education minister Lazarus Dokora yesterday angered Chegutu residents when he ordered headmasters to report parents who fail to pay school fees to the courts.

BY MOSES MATENGA

Dokora was addressing a constituency consultative meeting organised by local MP Dexter Nduna when he threatened parents who had asked him what could be done to assist their children to go to school in the wake of the economic crisis that has seen companies closing.

Nduna told Dokora that parents were affected by lack of jobs and industries in Chegutu while schools were sending away children for failure to pay fees.

Dokora’s response angered parents who heckled him, accusing the minister of being insensitive to their genuine plight.

“Parents have a responsibility to take care of their children because it’s you who gave birth to these children,” Dokora said.

“If you have a child, it is your responsibility to pay levy for the child. Failure to do that is criminal and I told headmasters to take such people and report them to authorities.

“If you are in rural areas, report to local headmen. I don’t remember saying education is for free. Take that list of parents who don’t want to pay to the magistrates court so that they are called one by one and swear to God that they will pay the fees.
You cannot blame the headmasters for that.”

Parents interjected asking the Zanu PF politburo member: “Where do we get the money? There are no factories here so where do you think we get the money?”

Dokora however hit back saying: “There is nothing for free”, angering the parents even more.

Parents showed their frustrations by heckling Dokora.
“Whatever you say, this is what we are telling you. How are you surviving now?” Dokora asked.

Parents said they were not satisfied with Dokora’s response with some demanding that the Education minister provide a proper response to them.

9 Responses to Dokora heckled over fees

  1. Realist August 24, 2014 at 1:08 pm #

    Dokora , just like Chigwedere , is an eccentric lunatic.

  2. Mendeka August 25, 2014 at 7:28 am #

    It is very very unfortunate that the country is being led by most uncaring leaders who only remember to tone down their languages whenever it is election time only. But the voting public should remember all this and utilise such whenever voting time comes. This man is very unkind in all that he does.

  3. max August 25, 2014 at 10:52 am #

    this guy is just saying the truth, yo children r yo responsibility. the earlier that sinks in the better

  4. Roell August 25, 2014 at 11:34 am #

    Ndiyo ka inonzi own goal iwe uchingoti bhora mugedhi!!! On a serious note, I strongly believe that the minister is spot on this time around. Parents cannot expect their children to get quality education when they ( parents ) are not paying anything. Don’t worry people of Chegutu, the jobs we were promised are coming.

  5. Suffer August 26, 2014 at 5:06 pm #

    It is Dokora himself who misled the parents in the first place into believing that their children won’t be turned away for not paying levies. How can schools run without money? How many headmasters have the nerve to involve magisttates in this issue. Dokora must be realistic. His double standards are killing the education system.

  6. ministress August 29, 2014 at 12:48 pm #

    in as much a difficult position to answer the million dollar question ” toiwana kupi mari yekubhadhara school fees” is your once Genius-now evil minister…..same with those in the legal system…..vanokusungai muchiiswa pai…..employement is coming as you were promised…..zadzai majeri muvakiswe mamwe

  7. lan abe August 29, 2014 at 7:17 pm #

    ndopamakavhotera muchamama!!

  8. truth be told August 31, 2014 at 7:36 am #

    makati ndizvo saka bhadharai

  9. Ngwenayasvinura August 31, 2014 at 11:59 am #

    There is no one who voted for these guys.Cry the beloved GNU.

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