SOME parents in Bulawayo are up in arms against the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education following a ministerial directive that each pupil in the city should pay $1 to enable the province to send a team to Masvingo for the National Youth Games.
The games would be used to select athletes to represent Zimbabwe at the African Union Sports Council Region V Under-20 Youth Games to be hosted in Bulawayo in December.
According to a circular dispatched to all schools by Bulawayo provincial education director Dan Moyo, the pupils should have paid the $1 by the close of business on Thursday.
“As a province, we are compelled to send teams to participate in the Zimbabwe Youth Games in Masvingo in August 2014. These games shall be used as a platform to select athletes who will represent the country in the African Union Sports Council Region V Under-20 Youth Games to be hosted in Bulawayo in December,” Moyo wrote in the circular.
“If the province does not send athletes to Masvingo, it means that no athlete from this province shall be considered for selection into the national teams. That could be a big blow to the province as we shall host athletes from other provinces without our own.I therefore request all schools to pay their $1 per child sports levy before 31 July 2014so that teams are sent to Masvingo.”
Moyo said there was nothing new and the circular was just a reminder to heads of schools and parents.
“There is nothing amiss with this development. There is nothing new about it. It is just a flow from last year and this is something that started in 1998 and why then should it be a problem now,” he said.
However, some disgruntled parents said the ministry must not involve parents in fundraising as they were not consulted when the province bid to host the games.