General Education Minister John Phiri has directed Provincial Education Officers -PEOs- to work out acceptable boarding and day school fees for government schools.
Dr Phiri says the PEOs should submit their reports to his Permanent Secretary before the commencement of the 2016 school calendar.
He is concerned that the high fees charged in government schools are beyond the reach of the poor and rural based learners.
Dr Phiri said this when he met Provincial Education Officers in Kabwe today.
He said it is regrettable that out of the 102 districts that presented Grade 7 candidates, only 31 districts scored above the National Mean score.
Dr Phiri urged PEOs in provinces that recorded poor results to forge strategies to improve the quality of learning.
This is according to a statement released to ZNBC news in LUSAKA by Ministry of General Education Spokesperson Hillary Chipango.