School Fees May Go Up

Executive members of the Conference of Principals of Secondary Schools (CPSS) have proposed an increase in the payment of school fees for pupils attending government and government assisted Junior and Senior Secondary Schools.

The proposals were documented in resolutions that were presented to the Minister of Basic and Senior Secondary Education (MBSSE), Dr. David Moinina Sengeh by the National President, Mrs. Mariatu Isha Mansaray at a meeting held in Makeni recently.

The Principals called on government to allow them to increase the school fees to seventy leones (Le70) per term for pupils attending Junior Secondary Schools and eighty leones (Le80) for those attending Senior Secondary Schools. The resolutions presented to the minister includes, approval of teachers, early and consistent payment of school fees subsidies before the start of any term, recruitment, reassessment and promotion of teachers among others. They however appealed to the minister to assist them on the nationwide tour to sensitize their colleagues on critical issues.

The National President of the Organization, Mrs. Mariatu Isha Mansaray assured government of their continued commitment to implement the Free Quality Education (FQE) project, as it is the flagship project of President Julius Maada Bio.

The minister promised to discuss their concerns at management meetings before getting back to them.

He further assured the executive that he will soon engage them after the meeting with all stakeholders in the Ministries of Finance and Education. He underscored the importance of the National Identification Number (NIN) and urged all school heads to prevail on parents to make sure they collect the NIN of their children from the National Civil Registration Authority (NCRA).

Dr. Sengeh assured Principals that some of the verified WASSCE and BECE results will soon be released from the withheld results.

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He said “for those whose legality were questioned which led to the seizure of their school results, MBSSE will give the final list of approved legitimate schools to the West African Examinations Council ( WAEC) to enable them release their school results.

 

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