Min­istry to stan­dard­ise fees – Reid

Jamaica Gleaner - - NEWS -

ED­U­CA­TION, YOUTH and In­for­ma­tion Min­is­ter Ruel Reid has re­it­er­ated the Gov­ern­ment’s po­si­tion that no stu­dent must be turned away from school be­cause of non-pay­ment of fees.

Addressing the ninth an­nual con­fer­ence of the Na­tional Par­ent-Teacher As­so­ci­a­tion of Ja­maica, held at St Hilda’s High School in St Ann last Satur­day, Reid said the ad­min­is­tra­tion re­mains adamant that there should be no manda­tory fees charged by schools.

“We want to make sure that there are no bar­ri­ers for stu­dents ac­cess­ing ed­u­ca­tion at ei­ther the pri­mary or se­condary level,” he said.

He in­formed that in prepa­ra­tion for the 2017-18 aca­demic year, a com­mit­tee will be put in place to work with prin­ci­pals of all schools to en­sure that the fee struc­ture is stan­dard­ised.

“We are at pains to say that uni­forms, epaulettes, stu­dents’ hand­books ... tie pins are not to be on any voucher. The school must find other means ... . There are some schools that have got­ten them­selves into trou­ble by con­fus­ing the par­ents,” he noted.

On the mat­ter of in­surance for stu­dents, Reid said this is being given con­sid­er­a­tion, not­ing that the views of the var­i­ous ed­u­ca­tion stake­hold­ers will be taken on board.

“I am pre­pared to look at how we are go­ing to sup­port those on the Pro­gramme of Ad­vance­ment Through Health and Ed­u­ca­tion (PATH) to help them with their in­surance. Those of you who are not on the PATH pro­gramme, we will have to dis­cuss how you are go­ing to fund that, but I can­not al­low schools to bar stu­dents from at­tend­ing school be­cause they did not pay the in­surance,” Reid said.

Ruel Reid

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