Money is scarce, rethink lavish graduation plans - Thwaites
Ahead of the busy graduation period, the Education Ministry is reminding schools to be modest with their school leaving exercises this year.
In the past, parents have complained that several public institutions charge exorbitant amounts for unnecessary lavish ceremonies for students to collect their school leaving certificates.
The Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, says the Chief Education Officer, Grace McLean, will be communicating with all schools, encouraging them to be as modest as possible with their graduation ceremonies.
He says money is scarce and parents need to look forward to the new school year in September.
The Education Ministry has reported up to recently that early childhood and primary education institutions have been charging as high as $12,000 for graduations.
Our News Centre understands that graduation packages cover the cost for graduation gowns, corsages, balls and other items of frivolity.
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