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Govt Increases Exam Fees By More than 1000%

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By MDC Alliance Communications Department

The government of Zimbabwe continues to make life difficult for the citizens after it announced a more than 1000% school examination fee increase.

The deadline for normal entries is 09 July 2021 and the deadline for late entries is 30 July 2021.
The latest proclamation comes at a time citizens are still experiencing the negative effects of COVID-19.

The same government which is imposing financial pressure on the people it supposed to serve is yet to meet the Civil servants’ living wage.

Last year, Ordinary Level candidates paid $190 per subject at private institutions and $90 at public institutions while Advanced Level candidates paid $351 and $165 per subject at private and public institutions respectively.

However, the latest fee structure will see Ordinary and Advanced level students paying ZWL$1 648.00 and ZWL$2 400.00 per subject respectively.

The government reported that it will cover 55% of the amount.

The purported 55% government subsidy will see O’ Level candidates in public and mission schools paying ZWL$742.00 per subject while A Level student will have to fork out ZWL$1 080.00 which is still more compared to what they paid last year.

Extra-territorial candidates will pay $3 840.00 per subject.

The alleged subsidy is limited to public and mission school candidates.

The move is discriminatory in that it is limited to 7 subjects at Ordinary Level and up to 3 subjects at Advanced Level only.

Ambitious students who would want to register more than 7 and 3 subjects at O Level and A level respectively will not be covered by the subsidy and have to pay the exorbitant amounts in full.

Furthermore, students are also expected to pay additional fees for the following practical subjects:

4002 Physical Education, Sports and Mass Display
4052 Building Technology and Design
4054 Food Technology and Design
4056 Home Management and Design
4063 Threatre Arts

For amendments and late registration, the fees will be as follows:

Change of a Subject/Option ZWL$775.00
Addition of a new subject ZWL$1 978.00
Late entry fee ZWL$1 978.00

Advanced Level Fees

Candidates in Public Schools (formal) ZWL$1 080.00
Candidates in Public Schools (non-formal) ZWL$2 400.00
Candidates in Private Schools and Colleges ZWL$2 400.00
Communication Skills in Public Schools (formal) ZWL$994.00
Communication Skills in Private Schools Colleges and non-formal ZWL$2 208.00
Extraterritorial candidates ZWL$4 896.00

Candidates will pay additional fees for the following practical subjects:

6026 Theatre Arts
6030 Biology
6036 Food Technology and Design
6038 Home Management and Design
6070 Physical Education, Sports and Mass Displays
6080 Sports Science and Technology

The additional fees are as follows:

Candidates in public schools (formal) will have to pay an additional ZWL$1 080.00 per subject and
Candidates in private schools and colleges ZWL$2 400.00 per subject

For amendments and late registration, the fees will be as follows:

Change of subject/option ZWL$1 104.00
Addition of a new subject ZWL$2 952.00
Late entry ZWL$2 952.00
Late entry for Communication Skills ZWL$2 496.00
Additional fees per subject ZWL$2 952.00.

Robert Tapfumaneyi