According to the rumors emanating from social media, government wants to introduce a K5000 tuition fee with others putting the figure at K950.
Briefing the Press in Lilongwe, Dr Joseph Chimombo, Director of Basic Education in the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology said the ministry cannot change the policy without proper consultation with all stakeholders.
“The rumors are false, baseless and empty. The Ministry has never discussed introduction of fees in primary school in the past sixteen months and there are no intentions to reverse the free primary education policy” said Chimombo.
He quotes Part V (Section 13 )of the Education Act as making it clear that “ the provision of primary education in government schools shall be free of tuition to all and compulsory for every child below eighteen years of age”
Chimombo however said parents and teachers associations , communities and schools may fundraise for development and other activities.
He further pointed out that even if this is the case children should have access to education without any barrier hence no child should be sent away from school due to failure to pay the required development fund.
Commenting on extra classes, Chimombo said no school is allowed to organize fee paying extra tuition within the school premises using school and government resources.
He said disciplinary action will be taken against schools engaging in the malpractice.