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Ruel Reid says money available to meet funding shortfall at schools

Published:Thursday | August 3, 2017 | 8:29 PM
Senator Reid said some schools have been coming up with creative ways to charge auxiliary fees, and his ministry will not tolerate it.

A day after threatening to take action against schools breaching the no-auxiliary fee policy, Minister of Education Ruel Reid has advised that schools should contact his ministry for assistance where they have funding shortfalls.

He says the ministry has funds and will provide to the schools as needed.

However, Senator Reid notes that he and senior staff at the ministry have regular meetings with the Jamaica Teachers Association and no concern has been raised over the past year about funding shortfalls.

The announcement follows backlash over comments he made at a post-Cabinet press briefing yesterday.

Senator Reid said some schools have been coming up with creative ways to charge auxiliary fees, and his ministry will not tolerate it.

He said complaints from parents indicate that some schools are breaching the Ministry of education’s non-mandatory fees policy.

The schools named by Senator Reid are St Andrew High School for Girls, Mona High, The Queen’s School, Holy Childhood High and St Thomas Technical High.