Petersfield High ordered to reinstate boy barred for non-payment of auxiliary fees
Education Minister Ruel Reid has ordered the administrators of Petersfield High School in Westmoreland to reinstate a 12-year-old boy who was barred from attending classes because his auxiliary fees were not paid.
The first form student is also a beneficiary of the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education (PATH).
His grandmother and guardian Mana Sawyers said she could only afford to pay one of the $6,000 Petersfield High demands for auxiliary fees.
However, she said the school demanded full payment.
Sawyers said since being denied entry, her grandson has locked himself away and rarely speaks to anyone.
Principal of Petersfield High Clyde Evans told The Star that the auxiliary fees must be paid before the child is allowed entry into the school.
However, in a statement last night, Senator Reid condemned the action of the school, adding that he has advised Chief Education Officer, Dr Grace McLean to instruct the principal to reinstate the student today.
He says the Board of Petersfield High will also be summoned for further discussions on the matter.
Senator Reid says he has taken a zero tolerance approach to schools that disobey the Ministry’s guidelines on auxiliary fees.
Earlier this year the Education Ministry abolished the payment of auxiliary fees by parents and increased its subvention to high schools by 65 per cent.
The ministry also said no child should be turned away because of non-payment of development fees requested by high schools.