The school uniform rip-off

HARARE - Schools are forcing parents and guardians looking for Form One places to first pay a hefty fee for special uniforms before paying school fees in a suspected fundraising scheme that has been condemned by the ministry of Education.

Hard-hit parents complained that some schools were being insensitive by asking parents to fork out exorbitant fees for Enbee uniforms being sold at schools when they can source the uniforms elsewhere at a cheaper prices.

Evans Mangwiro of Enbee Harare head office said they had an arrangement with a number of schools to sell their uniforms across the country.

Enbee uniforms are deemed classy and proper for schools though pricey.

At Harare High School in Mbare, pupils were being asked to fork out as much as $280, with only $80 going towards school fees and $200 bankrolling the full Enbee uniform.

Valerio Mukova, acting deputy director secondary and non-formal colleges in the ministry of Education, said the ministry had not approved such a move.

“It is not a regulation that parents should first buy uniforms before anything else,” Mukova told the Daily News.

“They need to first pay levies and make arrangements to pay tuition fees before they buy uniforms. It is not a regulation to make parents pay a lumpsome for school fees and uniform fees.” 

One parent who declined to be named fearing that his child would be prejudiced, said he could not afford the whole set of uniforms as he wanted to buy essentials first.

“I went in search of a school for my child and these schools demanded for uniform fees before everything else,” he said.

“The schools were Roosevelt, Harare High and St Johns Chikwakwa. It is most disheartening because I do not have money for the full uniform fees.”

The schools were said to be buying uniforms from Enbee at wholesale price and re-selling them at inflated prices.

Comments (16)

This Ministry of Education is just a dead horse. They say they have not approved that but it is happening have they taken those schools to task? They say no child should be send home for nopayment of fees yet the school authorities still do it so they should just shut up as we get ripped off. To a Zimbabwean it is now normal to be ripped off so we are used.

Maita Manyuka - 18 December 2013

St Benedict's High School in Macheke is also engaging itself in this illegal practice, forcing parents to buy more expensive uniforms from the school when there are cheaper ones elsewhere. Someone could be violating competition laws of this country

Greg - 18 December 2013

We should have standard uniforms for all government primary and secondary schools. And all the uniforms should be made locally.

Dziva - 18 December 2013

I was forced to for my son's track suit at Lochnivar Primary in Harare in January 2013 and then directed to collect it from a certain woman engaged by the school. What I went through with this woman is hell. She finally gave me the track suit in March after countless visits and quarrels with her.

e.m - 18 December 2013

I was forced to for my son's track suit at Lochnivar Primary in Harare in January 2013 and then directed to collect it from a certain woman engaged by the school. What I went through with this woman is hell. She finally gave me the track suit in March after countless visits and quarrels with her.

e.m - 18 December 2013

Kutamba nemaIndians imi. Combination of headmaster, Indian, ZANU pf - deadly. Someone is having a wonderful Christmad. Uniforms are good but pricing yacho maone

Mhofu - 18 December 2013

It is surprising that a full Ministry claims that they do not know about such goings-on. Why are they in the office in the first place. nxa!

Sachin - 18 December 2013

Alan Wilson school has 2 sets of uniforms. Khaki for 4 days of the week. Then for 1 day white shirt, grey trouser and a jacket. This is a luxury. Waste of money. What is the ministry of education doing about it?

Denis - 18 December 2013

marondera high school uniform cost 450 and recommended to buy from barbours rip off

tee - 18 December 2013

I see nothing wrong with that. thats enterprising. If schools want to increase fees to meet obligations people complain. Now they want to see how to cover the gaps by being involved in business projects, people complain. Please, endesai vana kumacollege asingade mari yeuniforms kana zvanetsa. tsvaga kwaunokwanisa if its a challenge.

regalia - 19 December 2013

Regalia hauna vana ndosaka uchidaro, kumwe kuda mari kwacho mademons chaiwo. tinoenda kwaNB tigadzirire vana zvipfeko nenguva saka kana zvakuitirwa kuchikoro ndochii? thats why madzidzisi vasisina nguva nedzidzo dzevana nguva zhinji kutsvaka nzira dzekuremedza vabereki chete. kutsvagisa munhu kwanokwanisa its not the solution asi accomodate

musvuu - 19 December 2013

Even Msiteli High school and Mpumelelo primary school in mpopoma, bulawayo. Something should be done worse wht about orphans

nomsa - 20 December 2013

bweheheheheheheheheh, welcome to the sodindo republic of zimboland. Yet over a million students are learning under trees...shame!

mai dhodhi - 21 December 2013

I purchased my first child's uniform from Enbee and it lasted for many years. It was of good quality and did not fade. The school supplied my second child uniform. It was made up in the back yard and a total rip-off. It was apparently made by some friend of the schools headmaster who is obviously getting a "kick-back". I will NOT purchase any more uniforms from the school. It is their job to teach and not to sell uniforms.

Keith - 23 December 2013

Schools should not be allowed to engage in this practice. Their job is to teach our children and not to sell uniforms. Let this be left to reputable dealers.

Concerned parent - 23 December 2013

i bought these uniforms from harare high and they were low class,vakomana nyangwe blazer rekumagaba riri naani,amai, kunge hweshe kunge bhachi re raincoat chaiyo

scarface - 16 March 2016

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