Stop forcing parents to pay fees- Ministry of Education says

Jamaica News: The Ministry of Education has reminded school administrators that school fees are non-mandatory and that “no child should be denied the right to an education if payments are not made.”

In a Bulletin to schools yesterday, on the eve of the delayed start of the New School Year, Monday, October 5, the Ministry stressed that “schools should not force parents to pay fees for services that the Ministry has already provided and has committed to provide.”

Reports late last week said some schools were insisting that parents should pay fees or they would be denied access to e-learning platforms or other benefits

The Ministry said: “It has been brought to the attention of the Ministry that some schools are charging parents to access the Learning Management System (LMS) and to access textbooks. Please be reminded that the costs to access the LMS and all books provided on the Book Loan Scheme have been paid for by the Ministry so there is no need to be charging parents for this service. “

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