Schools In Kasempa Send Pupils Away Over Project Fees

Some Schools in Kasempa are allegedly turning away primary school pupils for failing to pay project fees.

The move has resulted in most primary school pupils missing out on end of term tests in the remote district of North Western Province.

Parents are angered by the development.

Moffat Kekyani is disappointed that despite primary school education being free in Zambia, he was shocked to learn his son was chased from school and missed out on the end of term tests.

He has complained that the behaviour being exhibited by some teachers will have a negative impact on his child’s education going forward.

“I had been at the farm and to my surprise when I got back home I was informed my child had returned from his end of term tests because he did not pay project fee. What is this free education we are always being told about if pupils can now be chased just like this?” he asked.

Kekyani has appealed for direction from the government on why pupils at primary education level are being denied an opportunity to be in class.

Kasempa District Commissioner Goodson Sansakuwa who has since indicated that free education from grade 1 to 7 in schools is still effective is not pleased with the development.

He has sounded a warning to all school managers in the district to stop charging pupils any amount of money.

Sansakuwa said children have continued dropping out of school due to lack of user fees being charged by school management without governments’ knowledge.

Sansakuwa has warned that teachers in the habit of chasing children from schools for not wearing a school uniform and failure to pay school fees will be transferred without hesitation.

One Response to “Schools In Kasempa Send Pupils Away Over Project Fees”

  1. FGM

    Under the sun , nothing comes for free unless someone pays on behalf. Free education in Zambia is proving difficult to implement because government has not been timely releasing school grants.How do you run a school without money? Government should do its homework if the policy is to benefit the Zambian primary school learner

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