Principals of private secondary schools are awaiting a response from Minister of Finance Colm Imbert having supplied him with the justification for their requested increase in the fees paid by Government.
Spokesman for the Association of Private Secondary Schools, Anthony Mc Collin, said the Minister has been provided with documentary evidence of the cost of running their schools including “the fees payable by private parents”
The information was provided to Minister Imbert via email and hard copy.
At a meeting last Thursday with the association, Imbert requested a justification as to how the Association arrived at the 375% increase they requested.
Currently the Ministry pays private schools $1200 per term, per student for students placed there after SEA examinations.
The Association is now requesting $5700 per student per term as they say this figure more accurately reflects the cost of educating a child in a private school.
Another meeting is scheduled for this Friday with some schools warning that they may be forced to close their doors if the issue of the fee increase is not settled.