School heads to face disciplinary action

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THE EDUCATION, Sport, Arts and Culture ministry will take disciplinary action against school heads and administrators defying a government directive not to send away pupils over unpaid fees.

Report by Luyanduhlobo Makwati

This came after schools in Bulawayo sent pupils away for failing to pay fees.

Bulawayo deputy provincial education director Richard Svene said headmasters defying the government directive risked being charged and disciplinary action could be taken against them on grounds of policy and regulations stipulated by the ministry.

Svene expressed shock that there were schools sending students home to go and collect fees during the opening day.

“I am shocked about this because I phoned quiet a number of schools dotted around the city on Tuesday morning and all headmasters told me that schools were running normally and all pupils were in class. I am really shocked that there are administrators and headmasters of certain schools who are sending pupils home,” he said.

Svene said schools should not chase away pupils, but instead engage parents to come up with payment plans.

“Schools must liaise with parents so as to avoid inconveniences on innocent souls.
“Children have the right to education without being disturbed while parents have an obligation to fulfill their part,” he added.

Since the opening of schools, headmasters and administrators in private colleges have been sending pupils away.