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School Appeals Ministry Decision

A fun day and excursion for Veiuto Primary School was withdrawn after the school received a letter from the Minister for Education revoking the permits. Yesterday the school appealed to
01 Nov 2014 17:18
School Appeals Ministry Decision
Veiuto Primary School board member Michelle Chand (left), and board chairperson Selina Kuruleca during the press conference at the school yesterday. Photo: Rama

A fun day and excursion for Veiuto Primary School was withdrawn after the school received a letter from the Minister for Education revoking the permits.

Yesterday the school appealed to the ministry to reverse its decision.

“The management followed all protocols and procedures as outlined in the Ministry of Educations’ policies and regulations and the permit was approved by the outgoing Permanent Secretary,” Veiuto Primary School board chairperson Selina Kuruleca said.

She said the school did not hold any fundraiser earlier this year as indicated by the Education Minister, Dr Mahendra Reddy, in some of the media statements earlier this week.

In a letter addressed to the headteacher of the school on October 29, the Minister cancelled the permit for years five and six excursions to Levuka.

The letter said: “the Honorable Minister for Education wants to make it clear to the school that parents should not be given the unnecessary financial pressure.

“The school excursion is a legitimate requirement for our children to successfully complete and fully comprehend the prescribed Fiji Ministry Education curriculm,” Ms Kuruleca said.

“It is also an educational service demanded by parents, as expressed in successive annual general meetings.

“Many other primary schools continue to enjoy their fun day and excursions; why is Veiuto Primary School being targeted?”

She said on top of the $250 grant per-child allocated to the school, the board had asked for $80 user-payer levy totalling it to $330 per child.

She said the user-payer levy was the cost of providing other services like the provision of exercise books, swimming classes, payment of handymen and groundsmen, insurance for children relating to accidents in schools and the provision of sanitary bins for senior girls.

She said these were not included in the school grants given by the ministry.

However Ms Kuruleca said they had not received any written approval on the $80 user-payer levy. She said they’ve had meetings with the ministry earlier on the subject.

Ms Kuruleca reiterated that the school board wanted an audience with the ministry and the Minister to discuss the issues.

In an earlier interview, the Minister had clarified that all fun day monies received was to be refunded to parents.

Dr Reddy said Government gave $250 per child per year to all primary schools. If schools wanted more, a clear justification had to be made to show that they needed more than the amount allocated by Government.

Dr Reddy said all schools were aware that they could not ask for any amount of levy from children.

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