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Believe Mpofu

Parents with children at Victoria Junior School have raised complaints over a new fees structure which they said was reached at an irregularly convened meeting which did not even constitute a quorum.

The alleged inquorate meeting was held at the on April 09, with only 53 parents in attendance at a school with an enrolment of over 3000; boarders and day scholars combined.

Attendants agreed to raise the fees from just over $4 000 to $7 056 per day scholar per term, with boarders paying much more for the extra facilities and services they use.

However, many parents say the meeting was not regularly convened, with the school head and SDC colluding to keep the event low profile.

“The kind of resolutions that were made are normally adopted at Annual General Meetings (AGMs) and there should be a quorum for the decisions to hold water. This was not the case with this particular meeting and I feel it must not go unchallenged,” said one parent.

Another parent said the fees structure was unjustified as children are going to school for an average of two days per week due to the regulations put in place by government in response to the recent spike of Covid-19 cases in schools.

“The fees structure is unjustified. Besides that it was put in place by an inquorate gathering, the fees structure does not relate to the situation on the ground. Our children are going to school for only two days on average, so the increase is unjustified. We are organising ourselves as parents and guardians so that we can mount a challenge through proper structures in the education department,” said the parent.

Other parents blamed the School Development Committee (SDC) and school head Mashuro for what they called an illegal meeting with resolutions that are not binding.

Acting Masvingo Provincial Education Director (PED) Shylatte Mhike confirmed that there was discontent with the manner by which the new fees structure was put in place.

“We received the complaints and we are doing investigations. We disregard the outcome of the meeting and proper procedures should be followed to finalise the matter,” said Mhike.

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