By ZBC Reporter
GOVERNMENT has disbursed school fees payments to the tune of ZW$827 million to date for children whose parents are teachers employed in the civil service, the Public Service Commission has advised.
In a statement, the Public Service Commission Secretary, Dr Tsitsi Choruma said, “Following engagement in the context of the Joint National Negotiating Council in 2022, Government resolved to extend allowances to pay school fees for children of teaching parents in both primary and secondary schools. The School Fees Allowance facility caters for up to a maximum of three  biological children of teaching parents.”
She said this comes after a conscientious process of working out the modalities of operationalising the scheme, and Government is pleased to announce that its intended support to teachers in putting their children through school is now well underway.
“The Public Service Commission wishes to announce that as at 4th January 2023, the Salary Service Bureau had processed the payment of ZWL$827 847 387.81 for 41 194 children of 18 794 teaching parents under the School Fees Allowance,” said Dr Choruma.
She said going forward, the dates by which time the applications for the 2023 school fees allowance should reach the PSC District, Provincial or Head Office are 30 January 2023 for the 1st term, 15 May 2023 for the second term and 11 November 2023 for the third term.
“The onus lies with the applicants to ensure that their applications are submitted by the dates indicated. Late applications will not be processed.
“A complete application must include a Completed Application Form; Certified copy of National Identity Card of the Applicant; Certified copy/copies of Birth Certificate (s) for biological child/children and Proof of Enrolment of child/children from the school they attend.
“Government remains committed to ensuring the well-being of all civil servants,” she said.