THE Ministry of education is maintaining its stance on the condemnation of compulsory parental financial contributions towards school development funds.
In a statement issued by the education ministry, schools have once again been warned to refrain from compelling parents to make any financial contributions towards the admission of learners.
“It must be highlighted, however, that this privilege does not usurp the moral obligation of parents and guardians towards the education of their children. Parents are still at liberty and thus encouraged to make voluntary financial contributions to schools of their engagement to assist with the upkeep, maintenance and improvement of infrastructure and other amenities of such schools,” said spokesperson, Absalom Absalom.
The donations, he said, should not be viewed as compelling parents to do so.
“Schools are nevertheless encouraged to come up with fundraising initiatives for their schools but such initiatives should not be used to circumvent government’s stance on the abolishment of compulsory parental financial contributions. Schools and their management should ensure that any fundraising initiative introduced at their schools are voluntary and not mandatory and should only be introduced in consultation with parents and guardians, as well as school boards and the community at large,” Absalom maintained.