Zimbabwe’s private school authorities who have hiked fees without government approval face up to six months imprisonment.
This was said by Primary and Education Ministry permanent secretary Tumisang Thabela after it emerged that some schools have increased the fees by up to 100 percent.
Private schools operating along commercial terms are keen to recover losses incurred during the prolonged schools closure due to Covid-19.
It has emerged that some school authorities demanding cash upfront and are reportedly refusing to accept payment terms from hard-pressed parents and guardians.
In a statement Thursday, Thabela ordered private schools to reimburse parents who have already paid the exorbitant amounts.
The ministry boss said according to then Education Act, fees or levies being charged by non-governmental schools should be approved by the secretary with offenders liable to fines or imprisonment not exceeding six months or both.
Because of the increase, some pupils have failed to attend school.
Zimbabwean school authorities are prohibited from sending learners away due to non-payment of fees.