Students sent home

The predicted La Nina is slowly making its presence known.

Its effects were surely felt today  in the nation's capital and parts of Central Province when schools were forced to send their students back home due to the continuous downpour and cold weather.

However, what's more concerning is the project fee.

While the government has issued another warning to schools not to charge project fees, parents and teachers know too well that schools need it.

At one of the city’s biggest primary schools, Wardstrip Demonstration, concerns relating to project fees were the main query raised by parents.

Head teacher Emily Ricky explained that the school will not impose project fees as yet with a decision pending after a parents and citizens meeting.

Mrs Ricky said schools desperately need project fees to facilitate maintenance, stationery for both teachers and students and building additional infrastructure to cater for the influx of students.

However, the government is always late in making these funds available, hence, parents are left with no choice but to compensate for the government’s inability to give funding to schools on time.

Parent Charles Lakain said it would be a great help for both schools and parents if the government allocated these funds for schools on time.

Meanwhile, Education Minister Nick Kuman issued yet another directive to schools last week to not charge project fees.

The Minister said the government has banned project fees since 2015 when it introduced the Tuition Fee Free policy.

The project fees are included in the TFF funding.

Carolyn Ure