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    Zimbabwe government mandates schools to accept livestock as school fees

    The Federal Government of Zimbabwe has assented to the payment of school fees by parents using livestock or Labour for the school due to economic realities in the country.

    The minister for Primary and Secondary Education in the country have over the weekend disclosed that school authorities should not turn away pupils or students due to their parent's inability to afford their school fees.

    He told Zimbabwe media, “Our schools have to be flexible and ensure those who do not have money to pay fees can work.

    “For example, if there is a builder in the community, he/she must be given that opportunity to work as a form of payment of tuition fees.”
    The development was further expantiated by the Permanent secretary of the ministry, who made it known that payment with livestock is reserved for those in rural areas while this living in towns and cities can pay by working for the school. 
    However this option raised divergent views from parents while the country’s teachers’ association called for a change in the policy.
    Zimbabwe Teachers’ Association Secretary-General, John Mlilo said, “I do not think that it’s sustainable with regards to parents in urban areas … so many parents have outstanding balances.
    “Therefore, I am trying to imagine those 1 000-plus parents coming to work at a school … Why spend time doing manual labour at a school when they can go there to look for a good job?”
    A bill has been recently tabled in parliament to direct banks to accept livestock as collateral for cash loans to informal businesses.
    Source: Daily Post

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