Holness continues defence of auxiliary fees removal
Prime Minister Andrew Holness is reiterating his defence of government’s decision to remove auxiliary fees at the secondary school level.
The government has indicated that it will increase the subvention provided to schools for each student from $11,500 to $19,000, to facilitate the removal of auxiliary fees.
The move will take effect in September.
However, a number of principals and other stakeholders in the education sector have come out against the shift in policy arguing that institutions will be further burdened financially if the plan is implemented.
Prime Minister Holness, in an interview in the JIS programme Issues and Answers, said the change in the policy will address the current financial issues affecting some secondary schools.
He noted that many schools have complained about high rates of non-compliance by parents who fail to pay auxiliary fees.
He says increasing the allocation will address that problem as more money will be going into the coffers of institutions, giving them more certainty in their cash flow.
The prime minister said he does not foresee any schools being closed as a result of the removal of auxiliary fees, as is being argued by opponents of the move.