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Parents face ten percent hike

By Fabian Hakalits PORT MORESBY, Papua New Guinea (PNG Post-Courier, Jan. 28, 2010) - PARENTS in the Autonomous Region of Bougainville will pay a 10 per cent increase for their children’s school fees this year.

This was a decision from Bougainville Education Board (BEB) after conducting their board meeting on December 1 that approved the maximum fee limits set for parents to pay for their children.

Forty per cent from the Autonomous Bougainville Government’s school fee assistance scheme will be paid only to secondary and vocational students from grades 7 to 12.

Children who begin their preparatory year will not pay any school fees. That decision was made last year by the National Education Board (NEB) to formulate and priorities education for early beginners.

The following fees will be charged in 2010 in Bougainville.

Boungainville education division chief executive officer Bruno Babato said the decision was in line with NEB decision on the 2010 school fee limits.

"Decision 247/2009 states that this board approved a fee limit of termly payments by parents and decision 248/2009 highlights that this board directs all school boards through this circular to comply with the school fee limits set by BEB and they should not penalize students for non-payment of up front fees.

All schools will have to abide by the fees set by BEB to ensure the fees paid are within limits prescribed by the NEB and BEB," he said.

Mr. Babato said paying school fees was a parent’s responsibility.

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