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THE Zimbabwe Republic Police high school continues to defy primary and secondary education minister Lazarus Dokora who early this year scrapped entrance tests which were allegedly being used as fundraising initiatives by private schools.

Government acted following a public outcry as school authorities started charging non-refundable fees of between $30 and $50 for limited Form One places.

Dokora went further to bar extra lessons in what was fiercely condemned by teachers’ groups which felt the lessons were beneficial to both students and the teachers.

It has emerged however, that the police boarding school in Harare, which also enrols from non-policing families, called for two separate interviews for aspiring Form One students July and August where pupils were made to pay $50 each.

Although the police school is run by professionals, they however receive orders straight from police administrators at the Police General Headquarters.

Police spokesperson Senior Assistant Commissioner, Charity Charamba could not be reached for comment while Dokora, when called Saturday afternoon, said he could not take calls as he was in church. His phone was not reachable when subsequent attempts to reach him were made.

Debating a motion on the ban of entrance tests in parliament, Mbizo MP Settlement Chikwinya last week described the unilateral move by the police school as mischievous.

“ZRP is a law enforcement agent and policy pronouncements by ministers are law upon themselves,” Chikwinya said. “If the ZRP is allowed to wantonly disregard the same laws, what does it mean?”

He added: “This is mischief which we actually need to inhibit. We cannot allow one particular school simply because it is owned by the law enforcement agents to then wantonly disregard the law.

“And they also promote a culture of impunity if schools are going to be allowed to conduct entrance tests, every school must be allowed to conduct entrance tests.”

It is not the first time however, that the ZRP has been caught on the wrong side of the law.

Zimbabwe Revenue Authority Commissioner General, Gershem Pasi June this year accused the law enforcement agent of pocketing between US$3 million and US$7 million monthly from road blocks, claims they vehemently denied.

Source : New Zimbabwe

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