Minister of General Education David Mabumba
Minister of General Education David Mabumba

Government has noted with concern that most parents in some parts of the country have this term opted not to pay school fees for their children, despite the reduction of the user fees by the Ministry of General Education.

Minister of General Education David Mabumba says through consultations with a number of school managers on the Copperbelt and Northwestern province have revealed that some parents do not want to pay any single ngwee for their children to be enrolled in school.

Mr Mabumba says parents must be grateful to Government and that they should appreciate this gesture which is unprecedented.

The Minister said Government reduced school fees as a measure to allow vulnerable children whose parents cannot afford to pay.

He said the danger of not paying school fees is that it may affect operations at schools.

He said this at a meeting held at Mufulira high school after a number of school head teachers complained to him that parents have opted not to pay school fees.

The Minister has however appealed to the local leadership to help sensitize parents on the importance of paying school fees.

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14 COMMENTS

  1. SOS SCHOOL IN LUSAKA IS STILL CHARGING FEES ABOVE THOSE PRESCRIBED BY GOVERNMENT AND WE HAVE NOT SEEN ANY ACTION AGAINST THE HEADTEACHER BY THE MINISTRY, SOS HAVE ON THEIR OWN PRESCRIBED FEES OF K500 PER TERM INSTEAD OF THE FEES PRESCRIBED BY GOVERNMENT, THEY CLAIM THAT THE MINISTER DOES NOT KNOW WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT

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    • When HH was telling you that muzamuziba yesu you called him bitter. Anyway HH has promised free education for all. Some of the money will come from the K6 Billion in PF’s personal accounts

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    • Free education isn’t possible even HH knows. KK could afford offering free education because he inherited a big fat account from the colonisers

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    • Understand the problems YOU have created before making press statements. Majority of those parents were street vendors.
      You took away from them the only means they had to school their children

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  2. Mabumba my friend, it’s not all parents in this country who managing or affording to have that K200, you are busy surprised with ! try to go round the country & have a face to face question & answer from our fellow parents, you will cry, things are have gone from bad to worse people have no jobs & no money. Every few families who are managing to have 3 meals per. So my friend just keep you mouth shut

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  3. due to rising unemployment, rising feed, transport, in fact all costs people can’t afford to pay school fees — stop making decisions that de stabilise the economy — we need a stable economy that grows so that citizens may prosper and afford to send the children to school !!!!!!!!!!!!

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  4. Reducing school fees does not guarantee 100% compliance…. There is more to that.
    Parents and families should value education before they can see the need to pay for it…otherwise even if school were free…not everyone will send there children school.

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  5. He said the danger of not paying school fees is that it may affect operations at schools.
    He should have also said the danger of not paying school fees is that it will affect educational standards and our graduates won’t be accepted anywhere else.
    The rich will then start sending their children to schools abroad and Zambia will be forever entrenched in the two classes of the haves and the have nots

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  6. Parents have no money.Why should they be grateful to Government when in fact their children deserve free education by Government? If PF Government can take all the essential commodities and distribute to every person in by-election areas,how can they fail to provide free education ? Hon. Lusambo was recently distributing free mealie-meal and cooking oil to everyone in Kabushi, including, passers-by. Honestly he should be able to pay school fees for school children in his constituency !

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  7. Nsonsonsonso Yes you can have free education it just depends on priorities and smart brains. You pay a lot of taxes in Zambia just one or two percent of that can fund schools. Right now your country spends more on roads than your neighbors then look at the reports on how much you losing to corruption. Billions which can modernize every school in the country. Stop believing that lie, if politicians can amass so much wealth in a short amount of time consider if that money was plowed back into our educational system instead of it ending up in some people’s pockets

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  8. I support those parents boycott not to pay school fees congratulations to you parents.president and his ministers stolen a lot of money meant for poor people of Zambians.

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  9. Zambian parents concerned with corruption and incompetence of the bunch of clowns masquerading as Government Ministers

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  10. Government should consider reducing the high teaching council certificate fees. teachers get meagre salaries. why charge them K1 200 for licensing?

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