ZIMSEC Exam Fees Against Access to State Funded Basic Education

Every Child In School #ECIS Campaign calls on the Government of Zimbabwe to immediately revoke the recent announcement by the ZIMSEC which seeks to impose increase on examination fees on the already burdened citizens. This increase in examination fees is against the constitutional right of children especially the poor who are currently struggling to access the enrolment or retentions due to the inability of their parents and guardians to keep up with current costs of education and general hardship in the Zimbabwe economy.

The examination board announced that; Ordinary level examination fees per subject for private and non private shall be RTGS $190 up from RTGS $15. Advanced level students will have to pay RTGS $351 up from RTGS $26.

This examination fees increase gives a blind eye and a mismatch to the constitutional provisions of Section 75 that makes a guarantee to state funded basic education, which the government further emphasised through the recently released policy ‘Secretary’s Circular 3 of 2019’. The overdue Education Act whose bill awaits the Presidential assertion also provides for state-funded-basic-education. This exorbitant imposition of examination fees is against the above constitutional provision of the rights to edcuation of every child. When the government through ZIMSEC transfers such heavy burden to parents who are actually failing to meet the previous fees then the state is not paying attention to its responsibility and the real struggle of parents.

Every Child In School therefore strongly urges the government of Zimbabwe to suspend this examination increase, and engage with the examination board to arrange for either subsidisation of these fees so that the burden is not transferred to the already struggling formally unemployed parents, or altogether maintain the current fees as they are, while the government makes strides to make these fees completely free. ECIS thus reminds the government of Zimbabwe of its obligation to be practical and walk the talk pertaining the marginalised already left out children of Zimbabwe and ban this increase.

Tag a life International (TaLI), Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children (ZNCWC), Women’s Coalition of Zimbabwe (WCoZ), Mambure Trust, Evangelical Fellowship of Zimbabwe (EFZ), UDACIZA, Justice for Children (JCT), PROWEB, Female Students Network (FSNT), Forum for African Women Educationalists Zimbabwe (FAWEZI), Research Advocacy Unit, Higher Life Foundation, Education Coalition of Zimbabwe (ECOZI), Zimbabwe Women In Politics Alliance, Rebuild Sakubva (RESA), World Vision, Issues Pane Nyaya, Katswe Sisterhood, Zimbabwe Alliance, Girls and Women Empowerment Network Trust (GWEN), Zimbabwe Women In Politics Alliance, Shamwari Ye Mwanasikana (SYS) Citizen Participation Trust, Shanduko, Jointed Hands Welfare Organisation, Zimbabwe Activists Alliance, Amalgamated Rural Teachers Union of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe Parents for Handicapped Children Association. Umzingwane AIDS Network, Hope Alive Child Network, D.P Foundation, Child and Guardian Foundation, Christian Legal Society, Voice of the voiceless – Multiple Foundation, WWT, HOCIC, Progress Trust (Bubi), Impumellelo Trust, Kwa- Foundation Trust, Scripture Union Bulawayo, Cacile Trust, Sinethemba Women and Youth Trust, Vhulindlela Trust, Revival of Hope Trust, Queens Park Development Association, Sir Humphrey Gibbs Centre, Sir Humphrey Gibbs Centre, Young Women, Youth and Adolescents, Sthandiwe Children’s Home, Rozaria Memorial Trust.

Source: Tag a Life International (TaLI)