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Education ministry to hold islandwide talks ahead of auxiliary fees removal

Published:Monday | April 25, 2016 | 4:21 PM
Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid has sought to assure that the abolition of auxiliary fees will not leave schools struggling financially.

The Ministry of Education is to hold an islandwide consultation with schools on the impending plan to remove auxiliary fees at secondary schools.

The ministry says the talks will be held early next week with principals and bursars.

It says the discussions will focus on how the new policy will be implemented and surrounding issues.

There has been mixed reactions from stakeholders in the education sector about the decision to remove auxiliary fees in the next school year, which begins in September.

While some have welcomed the news others have expressed concern that the removal will put schools in a financial burden.

Concern has also been expressed that schools may turn to increasing other fees they currently charge to help offset operational costs.

However, Education Minister, Senator Ruel Reid, has sought to assure that the abolition of auxiliary fees will not leave schools struggling financially.