Govt position on school fees to be made known soon

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BY BARNABAS MANEBONA

RESULTS and messages needed to be advised on from the ‘Rapid School Survey’ carried out by government to address school fees currently charged to students will be made known this week.

Ministry of Education and Human Resources Development (MEHRD) Deputy Secretary (DS) James Bosamata said their senior management team will be meeting today to discuss the report, especially its recommendations.

Hopefully this week,

Mr Bosamata during yesterday’s nationwide talkback show said ‘hopefully this week they will come out or announce’ the position of MEHRD or the government as far as school fees for 2021 is concerned.

“In the last talk-back show I talked about the Rapid School Survey, after we completed that assignment [on that week] we took time to really analyse what we found out from the survey.

“So hopefully this survey, its results, messages we need to advice on, we should tell it this week. Our senior management team will be meeting tomorrow morning [today] to discuss that report, especially the recommendations of that report.

“So hopefully later next week [this week], we will come out or announce what will be the position of MEHRD or the government as far as school fees for 2021 is concerned,” said Bosamata.

MEHRD Permanent Secretary (PS) Dr Franco Rodie in response to earlier queries explained also that after submission, the analysation of the rapid school survey data collected will then be used as a basis for ‘policy direction’ on school fees currently charged to students.

Rodie on this ‘strategy’ reasoned that these are tough times and Solomon Islands Government (SIG) or MEHRD is conscious of the situation parents are in and will make attempt to respond.


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