The Zimbabwean government has allowed parents who don’t have money to pay for their children’s school fees to use livestock for payment.
Speaking during a newspaper interview with Sunday Mail, Zimbabwean Education Minister Lazarus Dokora urged schools to consider other forms of payment to help children get through school. The alternative forms of payment include livestock and other services and skills such as building.
“If there is a builder in the community, he/she must be given that opportunity to work as a form of payment of tuition fees,” Lazarus said.
“Parents of the concerned children can pay the fees using livestock. That is mostly for rural areas, but parents in towns and cities can pay through other means; for instance, doing certain work for the school,” an unnamed ministry official added.
Zimbabwe has also allowed payment of bank loans using livestock since citizens are forced to line up for several hours to access banking halls.
The government has however explained the current cash crisis is due to money being taken out of the country.