Pupil attendance increase in Chililabombwe as school fees reduce
Written by newsroom on May 22, 2019
ZANIS — Following government’s move to reduce school fees countrywide, Chililabombwe District on the Copperbelt has recorded an increased pupil attendance in schools in the area.
ZANIS reports that District Education Board Secretary (DEBS) Godfridah Phiri to have in an interview revealed that all the schools in the district had complied with the directive following the meeting she had with all the head teachers last week.
Ms Phiri says public schools in the district mostly have reduced the user fees by K100 from the K300 they were charging previously.
“We have seen an increment on people coming to schools. Pupils that did not come last term have resurfaced and they have come on board,” she said.
The DEBS has however called for measures to be put in place to encourage parents to pay user fees which she says have become affordable following the reductions to enable the school administrations to effectively run their schools.
Ms Phiri said a limited number of parents were consistent in paying user fees while most of them shunned paying especially in the third term thus posing a challenge in conducting examinations which requires resources.
“We only have a handful of pupils that pay user fees. It’s only the same people from grade eight up to grade 12 that pay user fees. People do not pay as they feel it is free education. Others only pay in the first term but do not pay in the third term,” she says.
She said the reduction was welcome as it would enable more parents to afford paying user fees which would enable school boards to run effectively as well as manage to pay its employees.
Government, through General Education Minister David Mabumba, last month announced the reduction of user fees in all public schools to K200 per term in order to increase access to education.