By Leroy Dzenga
The government has issued a strict warning to schools after it turned out that some required tuition fees in US dollars.
Some top schools have already sent out circles to parents who urge them to pay next term education in US dollars. Parents fear more schools can follow the trolley.
Responding to questions from journalists after a media briefing, Primary and Secondary Education Secretary Dr Sylvia Utete-Masango warned schools to refrain from making such claims saying it was a violation of government policy.
"If there are schools asking for US dollars, they will be booked because we have not received any policies on the contrary. We know that fees are paid in local currency because people get their salaries in local currency.
"We have not been advised of any changes so far," said Dr. Masango.
Her remarks come after the government, through the finance minister's professor Mthuli Ncube, urged companies to observe the multinationals system in the country.
The move from some schools to ask for a single currency is clearly contempt for the government's position.
Dr Masango assured parents that the year's application platform for the electronics ministry (EMAP) for the onboard forms will be seamless as opposed to last year when it was confused by technical disturbances.
"We took suggestions that came from stakeholders when we made improvements to the EMAP system, which means we do not expect it to be broken especially with the actions we have introduced," said Dr Masango.
Parents were also asked to apply early on the platform, as there are only 24 320 boarding stations, but 350 810 candidates set for their 7-year examinations in 2018.
"Parents who want to send their children to high school are advised to start applying via the platform (www.emap.co.zw). This year's platform will run from 5 November 2018 to 21 December 2018.
"Successful applicants can be notified via short message service (SMS) of the respective school head. Details of individual school enrollment patterns, tuition fees and fees are available on this platform," said Dr. Masango. Herald