Education, Youth and Information Minister Fayval Williams reminds school administrators that under the ministry’s non-mandatory fee policy for infant, primary and secondary schools, no children should not be denied the right to education if payments are not made.
“We reiterate that while stakeholders may, if they wish, make voluntary contributions to support their children’s education, schools should not force parents to pay fees for services the ministry has already provided. and is committed to providing, ”said Williams.
She noted that parental contribution requests cannot be mandatory and should not be a condition for enrollment, school access / attendance, access to e-learning programs / platforms or criteria. graduation, examination papers, registration in sixth grade or access to any public service in a public educational institution.
She added that “Student registration packages should not exceed $ 5,000 for this academic year and should describe what the package entails to justify the need for the fee. , school ties, etc., should not be included in the registration form. These must be itemized for purchase separately. “
She revealed that the ministry has already told schools the timeline by which they will receive funds from the government and when there is a need for additional funds, this should be requested from the ministry by the school board with supporting documents and not from the school board. parents.
Emphasizing the government’s commitment to free access to education, Williams asserted that “no school should charge parents for access to the Learning Management System (LMS) and l Access to textbooks The costs of accessing the LMS and all books provided under the book lending program were paid by the ministry.