Reports just received indicate that pupils at Dominican Convent in Harare have been closed out of school as the school is demanding full payment of $27000 school fees.
According to parents at the school, the school has not opened. Pictures from the scene show parents and students waiting outside the Catholic school as the school officials refuse to open the school gates.
One parent said, she arrived at 06:08 at the school and up to now at 07:30, the school hasn’t opened. Word is they are demanding parents pay $27000 per child.
The school hiked the fees for 2020 in November last year and demanded that the fees be paid in full before the end of the year ” in view of the inflationary pressure in our economic environment.”
The school advised parents and guardians who felt they will not be able to afford the fees to advise the school by 6th December so that “we offer those who are on the waiting list.”
Find below the letter to parents from the school:
Following the SDC EGM on Monday 18th November, the 2020 first term fees will be as follows:
Form 1-4 – $12 500.00
Form 5-6 – $15 000.00
In view of the inflationary pressure in our economic environment, the initial fee of $3 600.00 must be paid up by Friday 29 November 2019, and the balance of $8 900 by Tuesday 31 December 2019.
Should you find you will be unable to continue with us, please let us know by 6 December 2019, so that we offer those who are on the waiting list.
Failure to pay the initial $3 600.00 by the stated date will be taken to mean that you have declined the offer.
Chaos broke out at Dominican Convent in Harare early Tuesday as the top Catholic school locked out all students and demanded a RTGS$27, 000 fees hike.
This happened on the first day of schools in Zimbabwe with parents arriving at the school to find that was a different sight altogether with students not allowed to get inside the premises. According to parents at the school, the school has not opened.Pictures from the scene show parents and students waiting outside the Catholic school as the school officials refuse to open the school gates.
One parent said, she arrived at 06:08 at the school and upto now at 07:30, the school hasn’t opened.Word is they are demanding parents pays RTGS$27000 per child, which goes against everything the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education said about school fees hikes.
Another parent was nice enough to share some comments from the parents Whatsapp Group, see below:We are now faced with one option to go to the urgent chamber application route
Ask Shiri as the SDC Chair handiti he is on this group and also sits on the board, he must explain this.Tapiwa kindly explains to parents why you and your cabal are doing these things that you know are illegal and immoral.he school should be embarrassed
Yaa it is chaotic here at DC all kids locked out.
According to more parents, the school never communicated the amount of the fees until today. Funny thing is they have an App that they specifically set up to update parents to things like school fees, but no one got the update except today on the opening day. We are still trying to reach the officials from the school to get an insight as to why they locked all the kids out.
We will update you when we get more information but at the moment the school is demanding parents pay their required amount.