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By Harmony Agere P.g S7 08.07.18

Basic Education is a constitutionally guaranteed right which should be accessible to every child. However the constitutional requirements have not been abided to by some schools who have been accused of breaking the law by blocking children from class and mid-year examinations for defaulting on tuition fees. The case has been confirmed to be rampant in Harare by various sources and some schools are going as far as holding Zimsec results.” It is illegal to inflict such stringent rules on children because it denies them their right to education”, says Progressive Teachers Union of Zimbabwe (PTUZ) president, Dr Takavafira Zhou. He said schools and parents should map out a working solution to raise funds, rather than expelling children. The Permanent Secretary for Primary and Secondary Education, Dr Sylvia Utete-Masango warned that the schools involved risk disciplinary action. “However, we appeal to parents to honour their payment plans and settle their debts”, she said.