Buckle, Cathy
July 2004
New Republic;7/5/2004, Vol. 231 Issue 1/2, p42
Presents an essay on school closings in Zimbabwe. How the authorities decided to close boarding schools without notification to parents and without valid legal reason; Other schools closed the same day; Reason for the closures which was said to be failure by the schools to get governmental approval for increases in fees; Belief by some that it was a retaliatory action against the middle class which largely fails to support the government of President Robert Mugabe; The state of education in the public schools in Zimbabwe; Comments by the minister of education, Aeneas Chigwedere, who claimed the private schools were racist; How Chigwedere reacted when confronted by angry parents threatening court action; Arrest of several headmasters of the closed schools; Findings of the court on the school closures; Permission for the schools to reopen only if they charged reduced fees set by the government; The potential cost to the country if the government drives out the middle class.


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