Sunday 17 November, 2019

PM warns school administrators over fees

Andrew Holness

Andrew Holness

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has issued a warning to some school administrators who he claims are charging parents exorbitant fees to register for schools.

Speaking at a Primary Exit Profile (PEP) awards function at Jamaica House on Wednesday, Holness said he is aware that primary schools have begun to charge fees which some parents are unable to afford.

“Whether it is ancillary or auxiliary, or registration – whatever fee it is, I am putting the primary schools on notice, that… I’m seeing an increased number of requests for assistance to pay for registration packages,” he said.

The prime minister said education must not be distributed by virtue of the income status of the household.

“There is a sense that the more expensive is the school is the more exclusive it is and the better the performance is going to be,” said Holness. Check out the audio below.

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