WASHINGTON DC —
Schools opened for the first term Tuesday in Zimbabwe with calls by the Ministry of Education for headmasters not to send back students who have not yet paid school fees.
In a statement, the ministry reminded headmasters that they are not allowed to turn back students in a nation where people are struggling to make ends meet.
There were reports that some schools are already sending back students who have not yet paid school fees.
Studio 7 failed to reach Education Minister Lazurus Dokora as his mobile phone was not being answered
Indications are that some schools have increased fees by at least 5 percent.
At the same time, the Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe says most of its members in some parts of Mashonaland region and Manicaland province have failed to reach their work places because of the poor state of roads due to heavy rains that pounded the country in the past few weeks.
The union’s national coordinator Brighton Makunike says the other problem their members are facing is that of accommodation, especially at schools in resettlement areas where teachers are forced to live in squalid conditions.