Pupils ‘Forced’ To Repeat Grades Over Fees
Parents are up in arms against Mandiva Primary School head in Chivi, Joubert Maramba who is allegedly forcing pupils who have fees balance to repeat last year’s grades.
The Mirror reports that parents who spoke on condition of anonymity said any pupil who has a fee balance from last year is not being allowed to proceed to the next grade without clearing their balances.
The fees range from RTGS 800 to 1200. There are over 100 pupils in the school.
The publication also reports that Maramba denied the allegations.
“No pupils have been forced to repeat a grade over fees. It is a strategy to get the parents to pay fees,” said Maramba.
Masvingo Acting Provincial Education Director, Shylatte Mhike said that she was not aware of the case but was going to look into the matter.
Another parent said grades are not bought through school fees, they are attained adding that children cannot proceed to the next grade on the basis of school fees.
Mandiva is 65km from Masvingo along Beitbridge Highway.
In other news, iHarare had also reported that award-winning novelist, children’s writer, dub poet, and musician Ignatius Tirivangani Mabasa has made history after he wrote the first-ever ChiShona Ph.D. thesis at Rhodes University.
The multi-talented writer who writes mainly in ChiShona was a Ph.D. student in the African Language Studies Section in the School of Languages and Literatures at the South African university.
He will be awarded his Rhodes University doctorate later on this month. However, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the graduation ceremony will be virtual.
Mabasa’s thesis is titled “CHAVE CHEMUTENGURE VHIRI RENGORO: HUSARUNGANO NERWENDO RWENGANO DZEVASHONA. The folktale in confrontation with a changing world: a Shona storyteller’s autoethnography.”
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