Minister of General Education David Mabumba has advised head teachers in the country to ensure that school fees which pupils pay are properly utilised.
Mr. Mabumba said some parents become reluctant to pay their children’s school user fees because they do not seem to know how the money is used.
Speaking when he toured Nchelenge secondary school, Mr. Mabumba said once parents start to see how the money is being utilized through various projects at the school, they will be very much willing to pay the school fees for their children.
He pointed out that school management should always endeavor to do their best in improving the warfare of their schools.
The Minister said it was time for those entrusted to manage the affairs of schools in the country to be more creative in addressing challenges which their institutions face.
Mr. Mabumba said even as government and cooperating partners support various schools, they too should be doing something to better their institutions.
He has since disclosed that his ministry will hold a meeting for head teachers from all the old secondary schools in the country to see how they can tackle some of the issues which affect them.
And Nchelenge secondary school head teacher Kalumba Chituma said the institution has resolved to allow some parents to pay school fees in kind so as to make it affordable.
Mrs. Chituma explained that instead of them paying fees in actual cash, the parents are allowed to give goats, cassava and maize to the school.
She said the school will continue to addresses most of the challenges it faces.