The Private Schools Association says it stands ready to meet with Education Minister Anthony Garcia and his team to hear what proposal is on the table on the issue of the fee increase which they have requested for students assigned by the government to private schools.
The school year ended last Friday with a virtual stand-off between the Education Ministry and the principals of the private schools, with many of the seven schools not yet in receipt of payments owed to them by the Ministry of Education for the term just ended.
Private schools will know how much more the state will be paying per student by the end of next week.
The schools which have an agreement with the education ministry to take in students after SEA exams are currently paid $1200 per student each term, the private institutions are now asking for $5700.
The sum has not been adjusted since 2005.
The education minister agrees that an increase is a fair request and has since forwarded the matter to cabinet.
Mr. Garcia said the matter is engaging the finance and general purpose committee.
The Ministry of Education is assuring parents, teachers and students that major electrical and infrastructural repairs will be conducted at the La Romaine Secondary School during the July – August vacation period, in time for the reopening of the new school term in September, 2018.
Among the electrical upgrades are the installation of electrical outlets and wiring in several school blocks, such as the administrative building, multipurpose hall, library, washrooms and classrooms. The termite infestation problem in the pre-fabricated buildings will also be addressed.