Plumtree SDC ordered to pay

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The government has ordered Plumtree High School development committee (SDC) members to pay outstanding tuition fees and levies for their children or risk prosecution.

Ten SDC members have allegedly refused to pay fees since last year claiming it was part of their privileges.

Matabeleland South provincial education director Tumisang Thabela yesterday confirmed the government had issued the ultimatum.

This follows a recent petition sent to the Ministry of Education, Sport, Arts and Culture by angry parents who accused the school authorities of among others things, corruption and maladministration.

A meeting held at the school last month absolved the SDC members after resolving the outstanding fees must be written off.

The outcome of the meeting triggered an uproar, forcing some parents to petition the government to intervene and order an audit into the schools’ books of accounts.

Thabela declined to disclose the amount owed to the school.

“Yes, a directive has been sent to the school for SDC members to settle the two terms’ arrears for 2011,” she said.

“We are still waiting for the full audit report concerning the school,” she said.

According to parents, the SDC members owed the school $8 300 per term for the past two years.

The committe is also being accused of failing to explain how the school accumulated a $60 000 debt to Zesa and the Zimbabwe National Water Authority.

Another $80 000 meant for the purchase of a school generator also went missing.

SDC chairman Elson Shava and the school headmaster Prince Mange have been at the centre of the row.