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Deputy opposition spokesman on education says no to removal of auxiliary fees at secondary schools

Published:Thursday | April 21, 2016 | 4:30 AM
Deputy Opposition Spokesman on Education Michael Stewart says the move will negatively affect schools and the social opportunities available to students.

Deputy Opposition Spokesman on Education Michael Stewart has come out against plans by the government to remove auxiliary fees at secondary schools.

Stewart says the move will negatively affect schools and the social opportunities available to students.

Speaking at a function yesterday, Education Minister, Senator Ruel Reid, said the Education Ministry plans to increase its contribution to secondary schools as it moves to abolish auxiliary fees in September.

Reid said the current contribution of $11,500 that the ministry pays for each student will be increased to $19,000.

He said this will facilitate the removal of auxiliary fees.

However, the deputy opposition spokesman says he disagrees with the decision.

Stewart says while removing auxiliary fees will help to remove some of the financial burden on parents, he says such a move will negatively impact schools that rely on auxiliary fees to help fund their operations.

 

He asserts that schools will be left with a greater financial burden if the fees are removed.