Education is a Basic commodity that must not be privatized through Introduction of exorbitant Exam Fees, in Public Schools. PDF Print E-mail

The Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association (ZIMTA) castigates the recent move by government to increase examination fees and its desire to increase the same for grade seven exams as irresponsible and lacking in foresight.

Created:08 April 2015

 

As a union, we are campaigning for an access to quality public education for all, we view the increase in examination fees as an attempt to privatize education for Zimbabweans, and as an attempt to turn a right to education into a privilege for a few rich Zimbabweans.


What happened to our pro-poor government approach to public education?

Yet we know that government should be the provider of last resort to Education, it should guarantee the right to education for all, by ensuring that favourable policies that promote access to education for all are in place.

This a sad reality to see a government with a Constitution that provides basic education as a right of every Zimbabwean violating its own Constitution, by seeking to introduce grade seven exam fees, is an attack on the access to the very right to basic education.

As a country that subscribes to the Millennium Development Goals,(MDGs), Goal number 2, that seeks to ensure by 2015, children everywhere, boys and girls alike will be able to complete a full course of primary schooling, we strongly condemn this move.

This is the same government that subscribes to the Education For All Goals,(EFA), whose goal number 2 says, we must ensure that all Children ,in particular girls, children in difficult circumstances and those belonging to ethnic minorities have access to and complete free and compulsory primary education of good quality.

As ZIMTA, we are seriously concerned about this latest move by government, through the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, clearly the move stifles access to basic education for the majority of Zimbabweans.

Currently, the media is awash with stories of how Zimbabweans that are living below the poverty datum line and how parents are struggling to meet the current basic needs and to raise school fees for children to go to school yet this government has the indecency to increase examination fees for O- and A level students, worse for primary school children?

We are worried as to who is advising Cabinet to make such decisions on behalf of the struggling population; clearly we want to understand what has led to such an unpopular move which seeks to discriminate against the poor in terms of accessing public education, which is also their Constitutional Right.


The provision of quality education is a right of every citizen, and the state has the mandate to see that it is accessed by all, the State/ Government is the education provider of last Resort to the citizens of Zimbabwe, how can the same State take away this right, through the introduction of exorbitant fees to its citizens who wish to be granted the same right.


Access to education is a Right, Everyone must access it, we say no to the raise of school examination fees.


Instead our Zimbabwean government should be working on introducing Free Access to Education for all, that is the goal, Access to education must be granted by the State as a Basic Human Right. We say no to privatization of a basic commodity, Education is a basic commodity that cannot be privatized. Our government must serve us.

 

 

 

 

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