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Ndarama SDA endorses US$4 fees

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Ndarama SDA endorses US$4 fees


Brilliant Mukaro

MASVINGO-Newly elected Ndarama High School Development Association (SDA) chairperson, Martin Makweza has said that his committee is endorsing the US$4, school fees agreed on by parents at their latest Annual General Meeting (AGM).
He said parents were forced to pay US$156 fees after they passed a resolution to pay US$80 fees.
The resolution was thwarted by the head Oddy Matongo and ousted SDA chairperson Enesia Chekacheke who sent letters informing parents that fees were US$156.
Matongo and Chekacheke told parents during April 22, 2023, AGM that they conducted a postal vote where US$156 was agreed upon. They, however, failed to produce audited reports and bank statements at the meeting.
“We maintain that parents who paid US$156 last term have a balance of US$4 this term since it is the fees that we agreed. Parents can pay the US$156, but this should serve as a lesson to the head and his administration not to disregard resolutions made by parents, who are the key stakeholders of any school.
“We cannot give them more money until the administration produces audit reports and bank statements because we do not know what our fees were used for last term. The school has to be run transparently,” said Makweza.
He said his committee priorities are finalising the handover-takeover process of school accounting books, carrying out a forensic audit of the school accounts and ensuring that findings of an audit done by officials from the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education are made known to parents.
Makweza was elected on April 22, 2023, and replaced Chekacheke, a teacher at Chikato Primary School whose committee was booted out after assuming office in July 2022.
The parents also told Ministry of Education officials who oversaw the meeting that the Ministry should immediately transfer Matongo, whom they accused of gross incompetence.
The Mirror is informed that a Ministry audit reviews that the Chekacheke-led SDA gobbled ZWL$ 3 m in transport and subsistence allowances for 34 meetings held in four months.
Parents are also complaining about a US$ 929 373 000 loan from BancABC bank, which they are arguing has not been accounted for.

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