Don’t force us to buy uniforms from schools – parents
By Staff Reporter
SOME parents and guardians have called on the ministry of education to ban induced purchase of uniforms from schools.
Memory Nyambe told newsdayzambia.com that was sad and disappointing for school authorities to impose purchase of uniforms from schools, which had proved to be more expensive for the guardians and parents.
“The uniforms at schools are much more expensive and the quality is not helping us as parents and guardians, the ministry of education should come in and help parents as this situation is worsening,” said Nyambe.
She said the buying of uniforms at schools had now been extended to government schools.
Meanwhile, another parent, Elliot Himonde praised the Competition and Consumer Protection Commission (CCPC) for warning schools against practice as it was in contravention of the provisions of the laws.
Himonde urged the commission to step up its monitoring mechanisms so that schools did not take advantage of the parents.
“We are being charged three or four times the prices of uniforms from the markets, this is day light robbery from the school authority,” said Himonde
Last week, CCPC warned schools to desist from forcing parents and guardians to buy uniforms from schools against the provisions of the law.
In a statement, CCPC public relation officer Namukolo Kasumpa said it was sad that some schools had continued to force parents and guardians to purchase uniforms against the Competition and Consumer Protection Act (CCPA).
Kasumpa said forcing parents to buy informs was an unfair trading practices that exploit the consumers.