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Zimbabwe: Uproar as school demands student payment for Cala projects completed last year

PARENTS and guardians are angry with authorities at Victoria Junior Primary School after they were ordered to pay US$3 for each of the 20 Continuous Assessment Learning Activity (CALA) projects completed l last year by the school’s students.

Although the school calendar was mainly affected by the Covid-19-induced lockdown, authorities still demanded payments from parents with children who were in grade 6 last year.

One of the parents who spoke on condition of anonymity said the school was taking advantage of the scheme to make money when it was actually designed to benefit learners.

“The norm is that they give the pupils CALA subjects and as parents we help them with their homework. But now it seems that the school is making a lot of money from this project”, said the parent.

School principal Rameck Mashuro has denied claims that those who receive such payments will face the wrath of the law.

“The school doesn’t charge anyone for CALA projects, so anyone doing this is acting in violation of the law. Anyone caught doing this will be arrested because it’s not allowed,” Mashuro said.

Provincial Director of Education (PED), Shylette Mhike, was not responding to calls until press time.

The CALA curriculum, which was introduced as a component of the new curriculum, requires the student to demonstrate their skills and knowledge through hands-on activities.

CALA was deemed costly by parents and was discontinued in 2015 by the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education due to unavailability of resources.

It caused huge confusion when it was introduced to schools last year.

Zimbabwe: Uproar as school demands student payment for Cala projects completed last year

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