LILLIAN CHIKANDI writes
CHIRUNDU residents have applauded government through the ministry of general education for reducing fees in all government schools including colleges.
One of the happy parents Ms Brenda Zulu of High Cost area said what the government had done was very good thing and highly recommendable.
Ms Zulu said the move to reduce school fees by government should be welcomed by all citizens throughout Zambia
She encouraged other parents to make sure that they strived and enrolled their children in in schools and colleges especially girls so that even when they were going into marriages they would have a supporting skill to live a decent life.
Mr Lawrence Habuelle a peasant farmer of Chilindi village has also welcomed the reduction of college fees.
He said he could manage to raise K1, 800 and send his children to school and attain tertiary education.
Mr Habuelle told the Sun that he would encourage other farmers to send their children to government colleges so that when they completed their studies they could inspire others.
He hoped government would also reduce hospital fees in all government health institutions
Another parent Mr John Kwendenda of Sitinkwi Village said even if he was a retired civil servant, it is very exciting that the school fees had been reduced to manageable levels.
Mr Kwendenda said it was good that government had realised the importance of education as everyones’right and reduced the fees.
He said it is worrying to note the increasing number of children who failed to complete secondary education start engaging themselves bad activities because their parents could not manage the high fees in some colleges.
Meanwhile Cassie Nyirenda, a pupil, said she was excited that college fees had been reduced and hoped that her uncle would now take her to college.
Nyirenda said she completed her secondary education in 2017 and had not been easy for her to go to college because of the high fees.
College fees in rural areas have been pegged at K800 while those in urban areas and for those in boarding will be K1,800 and K500 for teaching practices, a once off payment.