The Harare City Council has set itself on a collision course with parents after expressing a motive to increase its allocation of school levies.
Currently an amount of RTGS$5 is paid as levy at Council Primary Schools.
In minutes released at the just ended Full Council meeting the Council Committee on Education, Health, Housing and Community Services and Licensing Committee expressed the need to review the figure.
“The Director of Housing and Community Services reported that the schools were remitting to Council but it was a very small fee of $5RTGS”.
“The Committee expressed the need for the Director of Housing and Community Services to review the fee”.
The Director has since advised the Committee that he has already applied to the Ministry of Education for a review of the fee, submitted the application and is currently waiting for a response.
Other measures to collect more money from Council schools have been slated for discussion at the Strategic Management workshop to be held by the committee later.
Schools have not been operating due to the Covid-19 lockdown whilst many in the informal sector are also currently not operating as per Level 2 restrictions.
This has set the stage for much contestation from parents who may feel hard done by any changes to the school fees structures.