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Education Minister willing to discuss auxiliary fees issues

Published:Thursday | April 28, 2016 | 4:58 PM
Education Minister, Senator Ruel Reid says he is willing to sit with concerned groups and discuss their concerns and suggestions.

Education Minister, Senator Ruel Reid says he is willing to discuss alternatives to the government's plan to remove auxiliary fees come September.

The abolishment of auxiliary fees was one of the Jamaica Labour Party's election promises.

Funds have already been set aside to increase the amount the government gives schools each year.

However, several groups have complained that the move will leave schools without money needed to operate efficiently. 

One principal has suggested that the government allow schools to charge a percentage of the subvention the Government will pay for each student.

Speaking this morning on Power 106 FM's Independent Talk, Senator Reid says he is willing to sit with concerned groups and discuss their concerns and suggestions. 

Earlier this week, the government announced that a series of consultations would be staged across the island to inform persons about the planned removal of the fees.