Justice for Children Trust (JCT), an organisation dealing with children’s rights, has called on the government to provide free primary education.
Caleb Mutandwa, a programmes coordinator with JCT, said said most parents could not afford to pay school levies and teachers’ incentives.
He said the current Education Act should be amended because it places the responsibility to provide education on parents instead of making it a government responsibility.
He said Zimbabweans should demand that the new constitution ensures there is a clause that makes it mandatory for government to take over that responsibility from parents and also provide for free and compulsory primary education.
Last week, most schools turned away students, including those who had travelled to boarding schools, after they failed top pay school fees during the schools’ opening week.
Mutandwa said such occurrences in the country’s education sector should not remain unchecked as most parents were economically strained.