Students should not be sent home: Ministry of Education urged

By JOSEPHINE NAVULA

As the school had started this week,Permanent Secretary for Education, Dr. Brij Lal is calling on all School Managements,Head teachers and Principals of schools to allow students to attend classes while arrangements are made for payment of school levies.

?I am requesting all school management, head teachers and principals to display wisdom in the handling of the issue of school levies. Students must be allowed to enter the classrooms and arrangements of the payment of school levies should be done with parents and guardians.? Please take heed of the instructions of the Head of Government that it is not right to stop children from classes,? he said.

School Managements and heads of schools have also been advised by the Permanent Secretary for Education on the collection of levies.

?Schools can draw up ?Agreement Letters? whereby levies are paid in installments and I am also pleading with parents and guardians to please honour the agreements? you?ve signed with the school. Payments of $10 or $20 per week should enable parents to complete their payments within three to four week,? added Dr. Lal.

Permenant Secretary also said the ministry and the community as a large should be working together in making Fiji a knowledgeable society.