High school principals are defending the auxiliary fees being charged of students, saying the funds raised are essential to the survival of the institutions.

This, in the wake of criticisms from some politicians and parents that the fees are unfair and are too high.

But during a discussion on Nationwide This Morning, the principals of three schools outlined why they need to charge those fees.

MP for South Manchester and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Michael Peart last week lashed out at what he says are oppressive auxiliary fees.

But according to Principal of May Day High School in Manchester, Stanford Davis, politicians just don’t get it.

Davis is also President of the Association of Principals and Vice Principals.

He, along with the Principal of Jamaica College, Ruel Reid and the Principal of Irwin High in St. James, Aldin Bellinfantie, are defending the need for the fees.

Bellinfantie, who’s the Vice President of the Jamaica Association of Principals of Secondary Schools, is citing a 2012 study by UWI Professor John Gordon, using his own school as an example.

Principal Reid adds that the government subsidy barely covers his school’s monthly utility bills.

Schools like JC are fortunate to have an active alumni, which pitches in to provide scholarships and other support.

But other schools aren’t so lucky.

Reid says there would be no need for these annual complaints if government would provide all the funds schools need and in the process make education truly free.