Education Ministry issues warning to schools who deny registration to students who are unable to pay fee
The Ministry of Education said if the activities planned and executed by the Parent Teachers Association do not generate enough income to offset non-budgetary costs, then:
a) For All Nursery Schools – not more than $2,500.00/year
b) For All Primary Schools – not more than $3,000.00/year
c) For Secondary Schools – not more than $5,000.00/year
d) For National Secondary Schools – not more than $8,000.00/year, inmcluding the nation’s top schools.
(Queen’s College, The Bishops’ High, St. Stanislaus College, St. Rose’s and St. Joseph)
The Ministry said that this position was taken after there were confirmed reports that some School Administrators have been requesting significant sums of money for the registration of new students to Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools under the pretext that such sums were previously agreed upon by the Parent Teachers Association.
The Ministry stressed that no student should be denied Registration to any school due to their inability to pay, since it is a right that all children must be schooled in Guyana.
The Ministry also highlighted that the Parent Teachers Association for each school has been authorized to conduct fundraising activities to support school administration to offset non-budgetary costs such as badges, PTA dues, Report Booklets, and any other miscellaneous expenses.
The Ministry also said that the stipulated sums were carefully considered for all non-budgetary costs as NO ADDITIONAL request must be made from parents.
It stated too that students must not be compelled to purchase P.E. clothes, aprons for Home Economics, Lab Coats, Tie-pin from the school.
Additionally, the MOE warned that parents of nursery children should not be issued with any list of supplies to be purchased.