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Cletus Mushanawani Senior Writer
THE recent increase in examination fees by the Zimbabwe School Examinations Council (ZIMSEC) has sparked an outcry among parents, with most saying the hike will make education unaffordable to many.The examination fees that were increased to $190 from $15 for Ordinary Level candidates and $351 from $26 for Advanced Level candidates are beyond the reach of many.

The $190 for O’ Level will apply to both public and private candidates and the same applies to A’ Level fees.Foreign candidates will have to fork $443 to register for an O’ Level subject while the amendment fees for a subject at O’ Level is now pegged at $89. Addition of a new subject now costs $228.Late entry will now attract a further $228 for learners while centres that will submit late entries will be charged $810.

A’ Level candidates will pay an extra $324 for Communication Skills while foreign candidates will pay $717 per subject.To amend a subject at A’ Level, candidates will pay an extra $162, while those who intend to add another subject will pay an extra $432.Closing dates for payments and submission of entries for June examinations is February 28, while the closing date for November is March 27.

Late entries will close on May 15.With most learners now opting to write as many as 15 subjects at O’ Level, parents have to fork out about $3 000 inclusive of the centre fees, which usually vary depending on the examination centre.

The new examination fees come against a background of the recent announcement by Government that the least paid civil servant will be getting $2 500 monthly salary, leaving most parents between a rock and hard place.What has also irked parents is that most Government schools are paying fees of between $150 and $600 per term, yet a single subject is costing more than the school fees.