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By Veneranda Langa

Child Rights group appeared before Parliament to lobby for free education for poor children following that schools were demanding part payment of tuition fees, levies and that children purchase school uniforms before getting a place. “We want government to re-move those barriers and allow all children to have access to education because the existing circular 5 of 2009 says children should not be sent away from school for failure to pay (fees)”, Mashayamombe said. She said that Zimbabwe was the only country in the southern Africa which did not offer free basic education and it is time for the government to come up with a specific plan to implement the subject. Child Rights practitioner with the Zimbabwe National Council for the Welfare of Children (ZNCWC) Maxim Marungweni said that the issues raised by Mashayamombe were a collective voice by civic society groups operating in the country. “Government must as well facilitate re-entry for children out of school so that they enjoy their rights to free basic education in line with Agenda 2030 that Zimbabwe should be a middle income country (by 2030)”,said Marungweni