Principals supporting decision to abolish high school auxiliary fees
Sherine Williams, Gleaner Writer
Some high school principals are supporting the Education Ministry's plan to abolish auxiliary fees.
A number of high school principals have rejected the subvention of $19,000 per student the ministry initially proposed to coincide with the abolition of auxiliary fees.
But the acting principal of Penwood High School, Donna McLaren says the ministry's payment of the fees would provide much needed funds.
McLaren says currently the majority of the parents do not pay the auxiliary fees the school asks for.
Principal of Pembrook Hall High, Daniel Morgan says with the compliance rate below 35 per cent, his school will be better off if the ministry covers the auxiliary fees.
The government's plan also received support from Jonathan Grant High principal, O'Neil Ankle and Vice principal of Jose Marti Techinical, Clive Mohammed.
The principals were present at a forum at the Jamaica Conference Centre in Kingston put on by the Education Ministry to discuss the plan to abolish auxiliary fees.