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    Zvishavane flooded as pupils are sent away for fees


    ZVISHAVANE - The small mining town of Zvishavane was flooded with pupils from various secondary schools who had been sent away on the opening day for not paying fees.
    Midlands Provincial Education Director Agnes Gudo said it was wrong to send away children for fees and urged school heads to enter into some payment plans with parents.
    She said it was true that school fees must be paid on or before opening day but those without fees can always make payment plan arrangements.
    Government has a directive where no child should be sent away from school.
    Some of the schools which send away children were Mandava, Dayadaya and Zvishavane high schools.
     "It is the right of every child to access education without any disturbances. Fees is paid on or before school opening day but we understand there are special cases given the economy situation and arrangements can be done between the parents and guardians," said Gudo.
    At Mandava, security details manned the gate demanding proof of payments from pupils and almost three quarters were sent away.
    Dayadaya High head Tinashe Shumba demanded payment before a pupils secured beds, said a source.
    "The school needs money for its daily running. For boarders we need money to buy food and other items while for day scholars the school needs money for stationery," said Shumba.
    An angry parent James Moyo from Ngungumbane said he had come with $200 for his form 2 child but the head at Dayadaya turned him away demanding full fees.
    "The government must chip in and assist us. The economic climate is very harsh. How can they refuse $200 down payment at a time when money is hard to come by," said Moyo who had to borrow more money from unscrupulous money lenders who charge exorbitant interests in order for his child go back to school.
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