Principals are being reminded that all measures should be implemented in order to reduce the costs of graduation packages. This includes facilitating students wearing their uniforms on the day of the activity. Parents would then not need to make new purchases for white dresses and suites. Other costs associated with acquiring corsages and the renting of school gowns should not be considered if these costs are burdensome to parents.
Please be reminded that graduations are not a component of the curriculum or a compulsory requirement. It is therefore important that fees associated with graduation are adequately discussed and agreed on at meetings of the Parents Teachers Associations, subject to approval by the School Board. The Ministry of Education is again instructing all School Administrators that due diligence should be ensured, so that fees associated with graduation are reasonable and that they are set following adequate consultations with all stakeholders, parents in particular.