Minister for Education, Heritage and Arts Hon. Rosy Akbar has reminded the heads of schools that Parents Teachers Association levy must not be imposed on parents and students. 

Speaking to the school heads at the Fiji National University campus in Lautoka yesterday, Minister Akbar says the Ministry has had cases where the PTA levy ranged from $20.00 to $300.00 per child.  

“Also a strangely new term I’ve come to hear is the reenrollment fees, if you have something like that in your schools, stop charging the parents right now. Remember, the PTA must never be imposed upon the parents, it’s voluntary,” Minister Akbar said. 

Minister Akbar also stressed on the need for progress and change in schools and teaching environment. 

“In 2020 I have turned my vision towards the plight of our rural and maritime schools. Each one of us have a specified role to play in order to do justice not only to the faith that the thousands of parents put in us but also to do justice to the huge amount of funds, to be specific $467.7million that the Government has put in our custody to improve the lives of the children of Fiji.” 

“Progress is what I’m targeting, if we are allocating more money, via another allocation, I want to see it utilized that way. Proper planning is vital so that projects which are undertaken in one financial year are completed,” Minister Akbar said. 

Minister Akbar continues her consultations with the heads of schools this week.

 

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