Senator Ruel Reid, Minister of Education Youth and Information, has restated that Government will increase funding to high schools during the coming academic year.
He explains that the Ministry supports parents making contributions that have received its approval and that of the School Board and PTA.
The Education Minister, who has been addressing a series of parents’ consultations across the island, says the new tuition-free policy prevents schools from barring access to students who cannot make contributions. The Government, he says, is also providing more funding for more needy and vulnerable students.
Minister Reid held parent forums this week at Jamaica College in St Andrew and St Elizabeth Technical High School. This followed consultation with parents at Montego Bay High School a week ago.
The consultations, which are being held in collaboration with the National Parent Teachers Association of Jamaica, are scheduled to be held next at Brown’s Town Community College in St Ann on June 15 and at St. Theresa’s Catholic Church, Annotto Bay, St Mary on June 16.