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Pay up, school demands parents

Mere Naleba
Wednesday, February 05, 2014

PARENTS and guardians of students enrolled at Veiuto Primary School who owe money to the school will have to pay up.

School board chairperson Selina Kuruleca yesterday confirmed students with outstanding fees from last year would have to settle arrears totalling more than $13,000.

Ms Kuruleca said reports of students being pulled out of their classrooms for classes in the PTA room were correct because these students owed the school money.

She said these students were not those who have yet to pay the $80 user-payer service fees.

Ms Kuruleca said parents had been advised to visit the school if they have difficulty paying their child's school fee arrears or the $80 levy for user-payer fees.

"Those parents need to come to the PTA office and see us.

"Taking the issue to the media doesn't solve anything or reporting it to other government departments because the Ministry of Education is well aware of it," she said.

"We had a sanctioned legal SGM (special general meeting) which unanimously voted that people pay for the program (extra curriculum activities) and we pay the extras.

"So, that must be just a handful of parents. And I am extremely disappointed they have not come to us."

Ms Kuruleca said none of the parents who raised the issue with the media had visited the school or members of the school committee to discuss the issue.

"The Ministry of Education is well aware, the PS (permanent secretary) is aware," she said.

Ministry of Education permanent secretary Dr Brij Lal, in an email to this newspaper, stated that a team from the ministry had visited Veiuto Primary School yesterday but found no evidence that students were being pulled out of their classrooms because of unpaid school fees arrears or for failing to pay the $80 fees.