Fees: School to seize defaulters’ cows

via Fees: School to seize defaulters’ cows 24 August 2014

ANGRY parents of children attending a Gokwe primary school have turned the heat on teachers and authorities at the school, accusing them of unleashing debt collectors to snatch their wealth over unpaid fees.

This comes after debt collectors, assisted by local community leaders, reportedly confronted defaulting parents, threatening to seize their livestock over unpaid tuition fees.

Peeved by the unusual move taken by Musita Primary School authorities, the parents have besieged the school, whose teachers have sent an S.O.S to their trade union group, the Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ).

“We have it on good authority that problems at Musita started after the school  engaged some debt collectors who threatened the owing parents and guardians,” wrote Raymond Majongwe’s PTUZ on its Facebook page.

“The debt collectors are said to have threatened parents promising they would even collect goods including chickens, goats and cattle to recover the outstanding school fees.

“It has come to our attention that these so-called debt collectors are charging outrageous collection fees.”

The group further says the angry parents have also directed their anger at the school head.

“This did not go down well with some of the villagers leading to the ‘attacks’ which were first directed at the headmistress whom they thought was after their ‘riches’ then at the rest of the staff members,” said PTUZ.

“The  head and (her) staff are mere victims of a ministerial policy which has allowed individuals and organisations who have nothing to do with education to get into our schools and in our view this policy must be revisited before worse things happen in our schools.”

PTUZ urged its embattled members to abandon the school to protect their lives.

“To all our teachers at Musita Primary school, the PTUZ is saying your lives come first before employment, Comrades stay away from this school until the ‘raining’ stones have stopped.

“We urge the ministry to show leadership and not send some mickey-mouse junior officers who are going there for the fun of it. People’s lives are at risk.”

The decision to sue defaulting parents came after government introduced a policy that barred schools from turning back children whose parents have failed to pay their fees, choosing the unpopular route of suing the parents.

Meanwhile,  Education Minister Lazarus Dokora has insisted parents who defaulted on paying fees for their children had opened themselves up to civil suits by schools for failing to meet their parental obligations.

Dokora said local education was not free, remarks that infuriated parents who persistently claimed they did not have a penny to their names.

“Parents have a responsibility to take care of their children because it’s you who gave birth to these children,” Dokora said.

“If you have a child, it is your responsibility to pay levy for the child. Failure to do that is criminal and I told headmasters to take such people and report them to authorities.

“If you are in rural areas, report to local headmen. I don’t remember saying education is for free.”

Dumbstruck parents who attended the meeting challenged the bearded government official to suggest where they could get the money during the current economic crisis where potential employers were shutting their companies down.
“There is nothing for free,” Dokora said to parents who began heckling him.

COMMENTS

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    Mixed Race 7 years ago

    Why complain,when the elected government is implementing its new mandate from the masses?Cows,goats,chicken and all live stocks are regarded as money in real business world,therefore it can be used in barter trade or converted into cash.
    The days of cheap politics are gone,therefore those who voted otherwise hoping for free services were misguided because no government can function without cash.Pay or get jailed.

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    JRR56 7 years ago

    You pay for what you get… ZANU PF

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    mutakura 7 years ago

    This dokora character needs some serious mental evaluation done on him

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    avenger/revenger 7 years ago

    Seize zpf wealth.

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    mujibha 7 years ago

    dokora, yes its parents’ responsibility to pay fees for their kids and also its your responsibility as a minister to give these parents jobs. don’t forget these parents use to work and look after their familys, because of your stupid polices they r now out of employment. vabereki musajaidze makudo neanogamina mukaona munhu auya kuzotora zvipfuwo zvenyu batai matemo, imbwa idzi dzajaira. zvakatsvai vanhu sezvakaitwa ngonjo pabudiriro. murungu haana kumbobvira akabatira munhu chipfuo kuti atadza kubhara fees. pasi nezanu pf, pasi nerudhara rwakateya rihwa nezvimbwasungata rwazvo (dokora)

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    Try touching those cows in Gokwe Mr Bailiff, you will be mooing like a heifer and your children will grow adders…just try it.

    Bring on the juju.!

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    Tongoona 7 years ago

    Makavhotaka. Ndizvo zvamakavhotera muna 2013 zvamakupihwa ne zpf. Zvamunonzwa vachiti ZimAsset ndiyoyi yavaakukuratidzai zvaichakuitai. Mati madiyi, muchati baba nemuridzo. Musavavhotere muna 2018 nokuti munenge muchivhotera nhamo nematambudziko.

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    toropito 7 years ago

    this has got nothing to do with zanu pf… muri mbwa