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Extortionate teachers shameless

Published:Wednesday | February 18, 2015 | 12:00 AM


I make reference to the article, 'Education ministry slams schools for mock exam fees', published on Tuesday, February 17, 2015. The article states: "The principals of primary schools who have imposed fees of between $1,300 and $4,000 on students preparing to sit the mock exam for the Grade Four Achievement Test have been rebuked sharply and instructed by the Ministry of Education to return the money."

I am saddened by this report and wish to express that as a young educator, this is a big turn-off for me. I have been noticing what has been happening recently in our education system, and this is not the first I am hearing reports of this nature. I am calling on the ministry to implement strict policies to alleviate this unethical behaviour by those who consider themselves leaders. They should be ashamed of themselves.

Schools have now become financial institutions instead of a place where students are educated to make meaningful contributions to society. If this practice continues to prevail, those who are of the low economic strata of society will continue to be marginalised and miss out on an education.

I am urging all stakeholders in the education system to swiftly weed out these perpetrators for the betterment of Jamaica. These persons do not deserve to be in the education system.