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Thwaites on abolition of auxiliary fees: Nothing of value in life is free

Published:Thursday | April 28, 2016 | 4:35 PM
Ronald Thwaites says persons must be sensible and realistic about the cost of education and who must bear it.

Former education minister Ronald Thwaites insists the Government’s decision to abolish auxiliary fees is impractical and would result in the country believing that education is free.

According to him, nothing of value in life is free.

Thwaites says persons must be sensible and realistic about the cost of education and who must bear it.

 

former education minister Ronald Thwaites

Thwaites has always been a firm supporter of auxiliary fees.

In 2012, the then Education Minister posited that auxiliary fees, which are worked out in conjunction with representatives of parents and principals, are not optional extras which parents should pay when they feel like.

He subsequently clarified these statements and instructed schools not to turn away students who were unable to pay the fees.