Hundreds of educators, school learners and visibly irked parents marched to the Ministry of Primary and Secondary education yesterday to protest an increase in examination fees. Last month, Minister Lazarus Dokora stated that O’ Level exam fees were to be raised from $13 to $15 a subject. In addition to this, for the first time since independence, Grade seven pupils are now required to pay for their examinations as well. Each pupil will be required to pay $3 for their examinations – $1 every year starting from Grade five leading up to the actual exams.
While this may seem like a reasonable amount to ask for, many parents at the protest explained how difficult it has been for them to raise enough money just for school’s fees. The decision has therefore been seen lagely as callous and inconsiderate of the plight of many citizens. 36% of Zimbabweans are unable to afford basic education. Increasing the amount required for education therefore renders it a privilege and not a right.
The video below shows the protesters and their thoughts around the moves made by our government.
Main photograph by Vimbai Midzi.