Fees increase at private schools unacceptable
The Dominican Federation of Parents of Children at Private Colleges and Public Schools (Fedopadres) is complaining about the increase in fees of between 20 and 40% for the 2016-2017 school year. It also accuses the Ministry of Education of complicity with the increase.
Fedopadres president Juan Avila says that Catholic schools are increasing their fees by 20%, evangelical schools by 30% and independent schools by up to 40%, which he described as an outrage.
Parents also have to buy textbooks, uniforms and sports outfits with the brand and in the shops dictated by the school at a cost of between RD$20,000 and RD$40,000 a year depending on the school and their grade.
The Fedopadres president stated that although laws were in place to prevent these excesses, the Ministry of Education never applies them in these cases, adding that unlike pubic schools, the private schools were allowed to choose their textbooks. He said that there was only one law that should apply to all types of school but that was not the reality.
Avila also complained that private and semi-private schools were rejecting children from low-income families.
Source: DR1, Elnacional
Aug 10, 2016
Category: DR News |