Guyana Teachers Union calls on Parent Teacher’s Association to get more involved in fundraising to lessen financial burden on schools
The Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) wants to see the Parent Teachers Association of schools to do more when it comes to offsetting non-budgetary costs such as badges, Report Booklets, and any other miscellaneous expenses for new students to Nursery, Primary and Secondary Schools.
On Wednesday, the Education Ministry published the amount of registration fees that should be paid to the School administrators when students are being registered for the new school term following several complaints the Ministry said it received about fees being too expensive.
GTU President, Colin Bynoe said the Parent Teachers Association will have to develop ways to assist the schools since the policies of the Education Ministry are clear.
Bynoe cautioned Head Teachers that while they might be looking at the expenses of the school, working along with the Parent Teachers Association might be the solution to the problem.
The Education Ministry has stated that no student should be denied registration to any school due to their inability to pay the registration fees, pointing out that children have a right to schooling and must be registered.
The Education Ministry said if the activities planned and executed by the Parent Teachers Association do not generate enough income to offset non-budgetary costs, then parents should not pay more than twenty-five hundred dollars for all Nursery Schools, three thousand dollars for all Primary Schools while for Secondary Schools no more than five thousand dollars.
Top schools like Queen’s College, the Bishop’s High, St. Stanislaus College, St. Rose’s and St. Joseph parents are being instructed to pay no more than eight thousand dollars.