Thu | Dec 12, 2019

School hustling rampant

Published:Tuesday | December 11, 2018 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

I found a letter published on November 30, 2018 ('Political cronyism wrecking schools') interesting, as the operations of some schools are no different from what is stated in the auditor general's findings of the audit done on the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) and Petrojam.

I would like the minister of education to address immediately the rampant hustling that occurs within our schools even after several pronouncements that free education exists at the primary and secondary levels.

Recently, I was at my business place where a parent came in complaining about the barrage of letters received from a popular primary school near the busy Half-Way Tree business district about various money-related requests directed at parents.

Is the minister of education serious about education? Is it that these schools are operating on their own without subvention? The ministry needs to get its audit teams to follow the money, just as the Opposition suggested, for the issues surrounding the PCJ and Petrojam. Perhaps the Auditor General's Department should be called in to probe mismanagement of school subventions and funds received from stakeholders (parents and donors).

R. PINADO

rpinado78@gmail.com