Catholic education chairman calls for clarification on TFF

By on February 9, 2017
Fr. Paul Jennings. Photo credit: The National

Fr. Paul Jennings. Photo credit: The National

The Catholic Education chairman, Fr. Paul Jennings, has called on lawyers and judicial experts to clarify whether the government’s policy on school fees are superseding the country’s laws, The National (February 9) reports.

Fr. Jennings said the Education Act was enacted for consultative and collective decision making, and not for individual decision making. However, this has not been happening with the government’s tuition fee free (TFF) policy which was causing confusion and conflict.

Meanwhile, it has also been reported that some teachers and principals have been suspended in Chimbu for allegedly charging fees.

According to Chimbu education advisor EssyWalkaima some schools were charging fees for uniforms and English books. The suspended officers have seven (7) days to respond to the allegations. They also have to return all monies collected to parents before the end of the next week.

Last month, a ministerial directive was sent to all schools not to collect fees. Minister responsible, Nick Kuman, said schools should not be collecting fees because the government was paying for them.

The National Department of Education (NDoE) has also established hotline numbers and an email address for stakeholders to report any school imposing fees.


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