Unpaid School Fees Lead to Removal of Students from Orange Walk ITVET
As many as twenty students have reportedly been sent home from the Orange Walk ITVET due to unpaid school fees. Concerned parents reached out to our newsroom, saying that the school has targeted students owing more than three hundred dollars. One parent explained that this is not the first time the school has sent students home over outstanding fees, but many have not complained for fear of repercussions to their children.
Concerned Parent: “On Monday my child came home stating that he was sent home from school because of school fees however last week he state in their assembly that the principal stated that if they haven’t cleared up their fees on Monday they will be sent home. So from Monday to now he’s still at home. He was sent home because of unbalanced school fees that wasn’t paid. And it was confirmed that numerous students were sent home from Monday. I think it’s not fair for one the student, it’s not fair for the parent because the parents are trying. If they have that the fees will not be paid time should have been given. It’s not fair for the student also to be out of school and that is my biggest concern because the Ministry of Education protocol stipulates no child should be out of school for not paying school fees. So it’s also not fair for the institution because just as the institution needs to run but why can’t the student be first ? I think they will have to do make up for it.”
Love News spoke to the Principal, Armando Gomez, but he had declined doing an interview as he would need authorization to do so. We asked Minister of Education, Francis Fonseca, who said he was unaware of the issue but that the ministry works with parents to avoid students being sent home due to fees.
Francis Fonseca, Minister of Education, Culture, Science and Technology: “I’ve not heard about that but our policy is not to send students home. We do everything to work very closely with families and parents, students to work out payment plans where that can be worked out. So I don’t know, I don’t want to comment on something I don’t know about but I know a policy the sending home of students for failure to pay fees is a last resort.”
In related news, one member of faculty at the Orange Walk ITVET has also reached out to our r newsroom, saying that several teachers have not been paid since September last year. It is a matter that we will probe into tomorrow.