Parents welcome government exam fees subsidy

By ZBC Reporter
ZIMBABWEANS have commended government for subsidising examination fees, saying the exorbitant fees that were announced by the Zimbabwe School Examination Council (ZIMSEC) were beyond the reach of many Zimbabweans.
The recent announcement by government to subsidise public examination fees by 53 percent has been welcomed by many Zimbabweans. Parents who spoke to ZBC News in Harare this Friday said the fees that were pegged by ZIMSEC were unaffordable to many.
“We thank government for coming to our rescue. We could not afford the registration fees that were announced by ZIMSEC,” said one of the parents.
“Government did a good thing. We could not afford the registration fees due to the prevailing economic situation in the country,” said another parent.
Grade seven examinations are pegged at ZWL $264 dollars, ZWL $190 dollars for Ordinary Level and ZWL $351 dollars for Advanced level, with government paying 53 percent for all candidates in public schools.
The development means that candidates will pay ZWL$125 dollars for grade seven examinations, ZWL $ 90 dollars per each subject at O level up to seven subjects and ZWL $165 dollars per subject for A level examinations for three subjects.
Students at private schools will be paying full amounts.
Government has since released $150 million dollars to ZIMSEC under the examination fees subsidy programme.