A Vice President of the Jamaica Association of Principals of Secondary Schools, Livern Wright, is calling for more collaborative dialogue between school administrators and the government on auxiliary fees.
This comes as several parents are raising concerns that they are still being forced to pay hefty auxiliary fees, three years after the government outlawed mandatory fees.
Mr. Wright says since the government implemented that policy there has been contention between school administrators and the government.
Some parents told our News Centre yesterday that schools are charging them as much as $67,000 in fees, and are insisting that they have no choice but to pay.
Mr Wright, who’s also Principal of Rusea’s High School, says he charges his parents $10,000 in auxiliary fees.
But, the principal says schools should be allowed to charge fees.
He is adamant that parents should not be forced to pay if they can’t afford the fees.
In the meantime, Vice President of the Association of Principals and Vice Principals, Standford Davis, says a majority of his members adhere to the government guidelines of no mandatory fees.
Mr Davis, who’s Principal of May Day High School in Manchester, says his school asks parents for a contribution of just over $8,000 dollars.
He says parents are encouraged to pay.
He says parents should examine what they are being charged for in the fees stipulated by schools.