Government sets boarding fees at 1000K for “non-vulnerable learners” – The Mast Online
THE Ministry of Education indicates that learners who are in public boarding schools who are not vulnerable will have to pay a boarding fee of K 1,000 per term.
In a circular addressed to all provincial education officials, all district school board secretaries and all school principals, Technical Services Permanent Secretary Joel Kamoko said identified vulnerable learners would see their boarding fees paid through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) high school scholarship program.
âThe program will apply to all learners in public and subsidized high schools who meet the selection criteria. In this regard, vulnerable beneficiary learners will be identified at the community level in their respective constituencies and possibly at the neighborhood level, âhe said.
Kamoko said the new dawn government is committed to implementing the Education for All policy from early childhood to primary and secondary school from January 10, 2022, when educational institutions will open for the first quarter.
“His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zambia, Mr. Hakainde Hichilema has been clear and consistent in declaring the commitment of the new dawn government to provide increased access to quality and equitable education to all citizens”, did he declare. âThis was increased by the Minister of Finance [Dr Situmbeko Musokotwane] during the presentation of the 2022 budget speech on October 29, 2021 where he announced that user fees will be abolished in all public schools from January 2022.
Kamoko said the provision of education for all from early childhood education to primary school to secondary school would be implemented, as all user fees at school levels Early childhood and secondary education would be phased out as learning institutions would open for the first quarter in 2022.
âThe government will take responsibility for paying tuition fees through a compensatory grant to all public schools offering preschool and secondary education. Such a compensatory subsidy will be equal to the amount that schools collected through user fees, âhe said.
Kamoko said the government would also double traditional grants to primary and secondary schools in an effort to maintain high-quality education standards.
He said all fees for the Parents’ Association (PTA) would be removed from early childhood education, primary through secondary.
Kamoko said schools would be compensated for the loss of income resulting from the increase in allocated grants, starting with the 2022 school calendar and beyond.
He said the government would pay a user fee subsidy set at K600 per pupil in all secondary schools assisted.
“In addition, the government will constructively engage the education secretaries of all assisted schools to agree on an affordable usage rate that they will charge per pupil in all assisted secondary schools when they apply for their assisted status. “, did he declare.
Kamoko said examination fees for 12th grade students in all public and subsidized schools have been abolished.
He said the government would take responsibility for the exam fees through a grant that would go directly to the Zambia Examination Board.
“However, it should be made very clear that applicants for the General Certificate of Education (GCE) and ninth grade external exams will continue to pay the exam fees,” he said.
Kamoko said provincial education officials (PEOs) and district education council secretaries (DEBS), respectively, should properly guide and ensure the immediate implementation of the new education for all policy. government of the dawn when it takes effect in the 2022 school year.