No school fees for kids of public sector workers

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Public sector workers with children attending public educational institutions will not be required to pay auxiliary fees as of the 2018/19 academic year, which begins in September.

This was announced by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Dean-Roy Bernard during a parent sensitisation session held at the Karram Speid Auditorium at Merl Grove High School in St Andrew on August 16.

Bernard told JIS News the decision is a negotiated agreement between the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and unions representing public sector employees.

"That is a Government policy and this (Education) Ministry intends to give full support to (it). So we are sending out a bulletin to our schools just to highlight and remind them of this," he said.

The bulletin is slated to be circulated to public schools by early next week.

Bernard noted, however, that beneficiary parents must present proof of employment at public sector institutions in order to be exempted from paying the fees.