Commonwealth students’ group worried by school fee hike for Jamaican sixth-formers

Uncategorized August 10, 2015

Published:Monday | August 10, 2015|Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

The Commonwealth Students’ Association is worried that many high schoolers could be denied the opportunity to qualify for tertiary-level education because of Jamaica’s decision to allow tuition increases for sixth-formers.

The Education Ministry says schools with sixth-form programmes may increase their fees by seven to 20 per cent for the new academic year.

According to the Commonwealth Students’ Association, schools should be “reasonable”, but any increase represents added financial burden amid the current economic climate.

Jamaica’s Kemoy Lindsay, the Caribbean representative for the Commonwealth association, argues that matriculation to sixth-form is essential for social mobility, adding that students cannot enter university without sixth-form qualifications.

He says with the impending increases in the fees for sixth-formers, some students could be unable to further their education which means youth unemployment could rise above the current 30 per cent.

This is way above the global average and among the highest in the Caribbean.

At the Ardenne High School the school fee for sixth formers has been hiked by 20 per cent and principal Nadine Molloy says it is justified because well-funded sixth-form programmes tend to produce ‘better results’.

published by The Gleaner.

No Tags

215 total views, 1 today

  

Leave a Reply

  • Penalise politicians who provide service on a partisan basis ­ — Meadows

    by on January 26, 2016 - 0 Comments

    JLP caretaker calls for action as Trelawny residents take to the street Placard-bearing residents gather at a section of the Salt Marsh to Goodwill main road yesterday to protest against the poor road conditions in the area.  SALT MARSH, Trelawny — Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) caretaker for Trelawny Northern Dennis Meadows yesterday called for laws […]

  • Will Cameron Speak On Reparation?

    by on September 29, 2015 - 0 Comments

    In pic: Prime Minister David Cameron. Olivia Grange said she believes Cameron would consider it unusual to be visiting Jamaica at this time in history and have extensive discussions with top government officials and not have the subject of reparation raised at some point. The Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) is questioning whether the Government will […]

  • Constable Crystal Thomas

    by on July 16, 2015 - 0 Comments

    She fought to the end | Lead Stories | Jamaica Gleaner Woman Constable Crystal Thomas Norman Grindley Senior Superintendent of Police Cornwall ‘Bigga’ Ford (right) escorts National Security Minister Peter Bunting, who visited the Denham Town Police Station in west Kingston, to get an update after the murder of woman Constable Crystal Thomas, who was […]

  • http://www.insightjamaica.com/

    by on July 4, 2015 - 0 Comments

    You can post your add here for free.

  • Singjay J Capri dies

    by on December 4, 2015 - 1 Comments

    KINGSTON, Jamaica — Sources have confirmed that singjay J Capri, who was hospitalised for more than a week following a motor vehicle crash, has died. The entertainer reportedly succumbed to her injuries this morning at the University Hospital of the West Indies in St Andrew. Read: J Capri hospitalised after car crash Social media users on […]

Follow Us on Facebook