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Schools warned not to charge fees

Nasik Swami
Tuesday, February 11, 2014

SCHOOLS charging miscellaneous fees such as those for photocopying should not do so.

That is the message from Education Ministry permanent secretary Dr Brij Lal following concerns by parents that some schools in Suva charged $20 per month for photocopying.

Dr Lal said while he was not aware of some schools charging such fees, photocopying and processing fees should not be charged.

"I am not aware of any thing like that. As I told you earlier that the parents should come and see me. I will be able to solve the problem," he said.

"If they came to me and have evidence, they need to show it to me.

"I would believe that they (schools) are doing it and I will do something about it," Dr Lal said.

He said parents should see the ministry if they had such problems.

A parent who preferred anonymity said his son attending an Arya Samaj school within the Nausori Suva corridor had been asked to pay $20 per month for photocopying of text books.

Another parent who preferred anonymity said she had to pay $20 as processing fee.

Arya Pratinidhi Sabha of Fiji, governing body of Arya Samaj schools in the country media officer Kamlesh Arya said the fee would have been charged if it was outside government's fee structure.

"If that (fee) is outside the government fee and if provisions are extra then the students will have to pay," Mr Arya said.