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(4) 10/05/17 Editorial

There exists a clear government directive not to punish students for their parent’s failure to pay school fees. Besides being a government directive, common sense dictates that no pupil can afford to pay school fees and that responsibility lies with their parents or guardians. Logically, therefore, when school fees or levies are due or overdue, it is the parent or guardian who should be engaged, bothered or punished over failure to pay whatever will be outstanding. The psychological effects of a parent’s failure to pay fees on a student are grave and may even affect them academically and socially. Students should also not shiver at the idea of entering into a new school term because they wonder if they will be allowed into the school yard when their fees have not been paid.