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Dodoma Municipality Education Officer Mwisungi Kigosi said the government’s policy on free education for all still stood, warning that he would not tolerate any head teacher who failed to adhere to the directive.

Dodoma. The government has warned primary school head teachers against continuing to initiate school contributions without permits from relevant authorities, that they would face dire consequences including suspension from their posts.

Dodoma Municipality Education Officer Mwisungi Kigosi said the government’s policy on free education for all still stood, warning that he would not tolerate any head teacher who failed to adhere to the directive.

He reiterated the government’s directive following a survey by this paper, which revealed that contributions were still being collected using various means by some schools.

He was asked to clarify whether the government had allowed schools to continue collecting contributions through different ways, including where parents were now required to contribute for weekly examination tests.

“As far as I know, contributions were banned and any head teacher found to continue doing so without a permit from the Regional Commissioner, will face big penalties including suspension from their posts,” he said.

He clarified that while the contributions were not allowed, there were conditions where meetings were held between schools and parents whereby it was agreed through minutes submitted to the office of the RC who in turn issued a permit on such an accord.
Recently, Dodoma RCJordamRugimbana made an impromptu visit toChaduruPrimary School following complaints from parents who were continuously asked to contribute for different programmes that they were not aware of.

While there, he warned the school from coming up with contributions that had not been sanctioned by his office and asked the deputy head teacher to return the money she had collected to parents.

Deputy head teacher Rhoda William admitted to having asked for contributions, but clarified that it was to buy food for children who were being issued with vitamin drugs whose condition required that they eat first before taking them.

The fifth phase government started a free education policy for all primary and secondary school children and banned all school contributions, in the name of security pay, examination among others, which had been a huge challenge for parents.