The Ministry of Education is advising all high schools that there should be no increase in the auxiliary contributions students paid last year.
Minister of Education, the Hon. Andrew Holness.
In addition, auxiliary contributions are not mandatory and, therefore, no student should be excluded for non-payment of such fees.
Regarding tuition fees for the new school year, the per capita amount has been increased and the first tranche of 50% of the total fees payable will be disbursed in August 2010.
The Ministry also wants to make it clear that it does not support the practice of exorbitant fees being charged for registration packages. Fees such as those for identification cards, insurance, uniform and other related items should be passed on at a cost, from the providers to the parents, but must be clearly stated and identified.
Where auxiliary contributions are for special development projects, these must be clearly identified and not included in registration fees.
Projects to be funded must be placed on the agenda of the PTA and discussed, so that parents are aware of the projects to which they are making their contributions.