School suppliers to be levied

via School suppliers to be levied | The Herald May 4, 2015

THE Government will this month start levying school suppliers in a bid to raise funds for developing infrastructure in schools, Primary and Secondary Education Minister Dr Lazarus Dokora has said.

The move comes at a time when the country is set to adopt a new school curriculum.

Minister Dokora said there are over 1 600 service providers working with schools and all will be levied to help the Government raise money to build new schools.

“Various services providers supply schools with stationery, computers, sports equipment, science and technological equipment among other equipment. At the moment they aren’t paying anything to the ministry. They just come to the schools get their money and walk away,” said Minister Dokora, while addressing delegates during a cocktail at the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair (ZITF).

“When we ask them in a token way to finance some things in the ministry or towards the trade fair, it’s as if we’re borrowing from them. At the last count two years ago we had over 1 600 organisations doing business with schools and I have said I want to introduce a levy for those organisations.”

The minister said a register would be prepared annually to establish companies that would be dealing with schools.

He said the introduction of the levy was long overdue and he did not expect any organisation to cry foul.

“No one should cry foul when we say we need to levy all those who do business with our schools. That has to be soon, probably before the end of May. My colleagues in Cabinet have been asking me questions on the other avenues in terms of revenue inflows. They gave me authority to start infrastructure development,” said Minister Dokora.

He said service providers who were not interested in paying the levy risked losing business with schools.

“If you pass the cost to the schools it means your product will be more expensive and then we’ll help the schools avoid your expensive tools. Other ministries are getting full support from their stakeholders. Why should I have to beg to get T-shirts? It’s as if I asked for something big,” said Minister Dokora.

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    grabmore 7 years ago

    Is this article a reprint from April Fool’s day? If not it shows how desperate this cabal of looters has become.

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    What a complete idiot! The country is going down the tubes, and he wants to keep it that way. How many jobs will his plan kill off? Doesn’t he realize that business is a zero sum enterprise? You get out, only what you put in. If he takes a few thousand dollars out, that’s a few thousand that the owner no longer has to pay his existing employees. And of course the owner will pass it on to his customers. How else is he supposed to make a profit? This guy is a minister of education, but he sounds like he never passed basic economics and has no clue, just like his boss Mugabe.

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    Svosve 7 years ago

    I have always wondered whether or not Govt Ministers receive any training on appointment i.e. on running Ministries or it’s a question of trial and error? Self taught managers can be extremely dangerous and harmful to an entity’s operations. It’s made worse by an inherent ‘I-know-it-all’ attitude. Our country is gowing down a deep cliff. Cry our beloved Zimbabwe!

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    machakachaka 7 years ago

    We have a few good ministers, a few average ministers and other really bad ministers, but I think this Razaro chap is the worst. Just about every month he comes up with something quite foul.

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    Kariba 7 years ago

    Is this Dokora guy for real.
    There used to be intelligent people in positions of power. What’s the solution ? No idea once the rot’s set in.