National PTA Happy With Auxiliary Fee Policy; Principals Wary

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The National Parent Teacher’s Association of Jamaica, NPTAJ has welcomed the announcement of plans by the Education Ministry to remove auxiliary fees from secondary schools.

Education Minister Ruel Reid announced yesterday that come September ,parents will no longer be required to pay auxiliary fees for students at the secondary level.

NPTAJ President Everton Hannam says the removal of the fees will lessen the burden on parents.

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Mr. Hannam says he understands the concern of principals who say the removal the fees could harm the day to day running of schools.

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In the meantime Mr. Hannam says the NPTAJ will continue to have dialogue with the Ministry of Education to ensure that all parties involved benefit.

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Two high school principals are raising concerns about the government’s plan to abolish auxiliary fees for high schools come September.

Principal of Old Harbour High School, Linton Weir, says the plan will result in some schools benefiting more than others.

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Meanwhile, Principal of St. Andrew High School for Girls, Sharon Reid, says the plan will force her school’s administration to depend on the goodwill of parents.

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