Zimbabwe has embraced a local solution as Zimbabwean parents who cannot afford school fees have been encouraged to replace payment with livestock such as goats or sheep.
Talking to Sunday Mail Newspaper, Zimbabwean minister of education, Lazarus Dokora, said that schools will be flexible when it comes to demanding tuition fees from parents and that not only livestock should be accepted but also services and skills.
“If there is a builder in the community, he/she must be given that opportunity to work as a form of payment of tuition fees,” the paper quoted him as saying.
The comment by the Minister of Education was corroborated by a ministry official;
“Parents of the concerned children can pay the fees using livestock. That is mostly for rural areas, but parents in towns and cities can pay through other means; for instance, doing certain work for the school.”
This decision was triggered by a move last week where the country allowed people to use their livestock, such as goats, cows and sheep, to support bank loans.
According to BBC, under a newly introduced legislation, borrowers would be allowed to register ‘movable’ assets, such as motor vehicles and machinery, as collateral.
Culled from YabaLeftOnline