Prices Dampen Schools Opening
January 8, 2018
Parents and guardians make last-minute purchases of uniforms and
other accessories ahead of the opening of schools tomorrow
Zimbabwe Herald Reporters
As parents and guardians gear up for a new schools term which
begins tomorrow, many last-minute shoppers, especially for basic
requirements, had to contend with punitive prices from predatory
Apart from the worrying price hikes, there is also concern that the
list of requirements by schools is unreasonably long. Shoppers
crammed the central business district (CBD) at the weekend,
particularly on Saturday, as they sought bargains for school
However, the high prices dampened their spirits.
Parents who spoke to The Herald yesterday raised concern on what
they called extortionate prices.
Prices changed after the holidays as retailers stocked uniforms and
other school-related materials in October 2017 so as to hike prices
in the first week of January, leaving parents with no choice, but
to buy, said Mrs Rusununguko Mudondo, a Warren Park resident.
For some of us, our salary is less than $300 and I have more than
two children going to school, said Mrs Mudondo.
Retailers expect us to buy expensive materials, for example, a
blazer from big retailers such as Enbee ranges from $73 up to $80,
and the school expects us to pay school fees, buy groceries and bus
Parents of learners enrolling in new schools, especially for Grade
One and Form One are feeling the pinch.
Form One students are quite costly: they are expected to bring all
required uniforms, which range up to $450 and at the same time,
parents are expected to pay full fees to secure places for their
children, said Mrs Makuvise (46) who lives in Kuwadzana
Some parents are finding it difficult to raise funds for school
fees and other school-related materials required before the opening
Meanwhile, teachers say there is need, as the new term opens, to
provide facilities in rural schools to make the new curriculum
relevant, as well as guarantee equal oppo...