A law has been passed that could make parents in Zimbabwe face approximately 2 years in jail if they fail to send their children to school.
The Zimbabwean government has made education and learning compulsory for all children until the age of 16 to curb increasing numbers of school dropouts as a result of the inadequate state of the country’s economy. Approximately 20 percent of youngsters in some parts of the country do not go to school.
The new legislation also makes it an offense to expel pupils for non-payment of tuition fees or for getting pregnant.
It was recorded last year that a minimum of 60 percent of the pupils in the main schools was sent back home for failing to pay fees, according to the Zimbabwe Vulnerability Assessment Committee (ZimVac).
Zimbabwe billionaire, Strive Masiyiwa pays striking doctors to go back to work. The founder and chairman, Econet Wireless has stepped in to end months of strikes.
Striking medics in Zimbabwe have agreed to go back to work after Masiyiwa offered a $ 6.25 million to ease the welfare of the doctors in the country. The junior doctors in the public hospitals of the country protested on poor wages which has been worsened by Zimbabwe’s economic crisis.
Masiyiwa’s fellowship through his family’s Higher Life Foundation has ended the rift between the striking doctors and the government for now. The foundation Medical Doctors Fellowship promises to give monthly allowance to doctors working in the nation’s public hospitals for the next six months. It also includes transport vouchers for beneficiaries during working days and on call duties.
Masamba, a representative of the Zimbabwe Hospital Doctors Association said “half of its members have enrolled for the fellowship, however nothing has changed based on the fact that the tools of trade and drugs are still inadequate and the remuneration is also still inadequate”
HigherLife said “putting the patient first, we are furthering our commitment to supporting our healthcare system and enabling more people to receive the critical care they need and deserve”