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approves Education Bill
February 24, 2006
Amendment Bill that seeks to provide for the charging of school
fees and levies in line with the Consumer Price Index as published
by the Central Statistics Office, sailed through the Upper House
yesterday with amendments.
The Bill has also been approved by the House of Assembly with amendments
and now awaits Presidential assent for it to become law.
Some of the amendments adopted by the Senate included those to Clause
5 providing guidelines for the increase of fees or levies in non-Governmental
Under the provisions, the Secr-etary for Education and Culture shall
approve any increase of fees or levies if the increase sought in
respect of the next term of the non-Governmental school concerned
(a) it does
not exceed the percentage increase in the cost of living from
the beginning to the end of the proceeding term as indicated by
the CPI published by the CSO.
(b) the fees or levies for the day school pupils who are provided
with meals at the school are not more than 40 percent of the fees
or levies paid by boarders.
(c) the fees or levies for the day pupils who are not provided
with meals at the school are not more than 30 percent of the fees
or levies paid by the boarders.
and Culture Minister Cde Aeneas Chigwedere told the Upper House
that the amendments had been made after realising that some boarding
schools were in the habit of making day pupils subsidise boarders
through marginal differences in the fees or levies paid.
Senators applauded the Bill saying it was long overdue.
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