MOE probing claims primary schools charging fees
Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid says his ministry will look into claims that primary level institutions are charging school fees.
The allegation was made by opposition education spokesperson, Ronald Thwaites at a People’s National Party press conference yesterday.
Jamaican laws give children universal access to primary education.
However, Thwaites claimed that all primary schools have been asking parents to pay contributions.
He argued that the schools are charging fees in response to severe under-funding.
The education minister says he’s heard of the rumours of primary schools charging fees and he’s probing the allegations.
Senator Reid says there’s no ministry policy that promotes the charging of fees at the primary level.
Meanwhile, responding to concerns about the funding of primary schools, the education minister said the ministry has increased the maintenance grants to these institutions.
According to him, a further increase is to be made next school year.