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159K in unpaid fees

Ana Madigibuli
Wednesday, December 05, 2012

AN analysis done by the Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji has shown that in the past 10 years the organisation lost $159,661 in unpaid school fees.

Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji national president Pundit Kamlesh Arya said for a charitable organisation such as the Sabha, the revenue loss was a serious matter and needed stringent measures to locate defaulting parents.

"When demands are made, some parents jump ship by taking their children to other schools," Mr Arya said.

"In secondary schools students owing levies simply disappear after sitting their external examinations, making collection absolutely difficult and rendering the school into debt."

Mr Arya said to make revenue collection in its schools more effective, the Sabha, with approval from the Education ministry, has decided to require all students to re-enrol at the beginning of each school term.

"Parents at this point will be required to clear all dues or enter into a payment timeline in writing before the students begin their classes," he said.

"The parents are now forewarned in this regard and are required to organise necessary funds in the interest of their children's education in 2013."

Mr Arya said there was also the issue of student indiscipline which was a growing concern.

"Recently Sabha schools have encountered students at unsuitable places and students having relationships among themselves and with outsiders.

"This shows a serious breakdown in moral values and personal discipline.

"This may also be due to lack of parental concern towards their children's whereabouts and the company they keep."

He said the organisation had urged parents to be aware of their children's daily whereabouts and discuss relationship matters with them to avoid serious consequences.





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