Parents and guardians have been encouraged to pay school fees for their children as failure compromises the day to day operations of schools and affect children's performance at times.
Speaking at a Right to Education Indaba conducted by Christian Legal Society in conjunction with the Ministry of Primary and Secondary Education, Provincial Human Resources legal and Disciplinary Services Officer Mrs Sihle Nkala said it was the role of parents to pay fees for their children and government can only assist those who are in need when resources permit.
"We should make sure parents pay school fees for their children and no child should be sent back home, denied exams or reports for non-payment of school fees," she said.
"Every child below the age of 18 should have access to basic education but you find some children with disabilities being denied this right."
Nkala explained that her department will come up with a contract template that would be used by schools to compel parents and guardians to exercise their responsibilities.
The meeting was attended by school heads and school development committees from all primary and secondary schools in Matobo District to discuss some of the challenges schools face with regards to payment of school fees.
Nkala also encouraged headmasters to use other means to recover the money parents owe to schools, including issuing summons or have payment plans to ensure that children are not victimized.