Monday 12 November, 2018

Ministry makes new offer to private schools: $4k per student

The Ministry of Education has increased its offer to private secondary schools to continue to house Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) students.

The Ministry presently pays $1,200 per student per term but the Association of Principals of Private Secondary Schools has requested that this be increased to $5,700 per student per term.

Finance Minister Colm Imbert presented the Association with an offer of $3,600 during a recent meeting but the Association rejected what wold have been a $2,400 increase for one year. A counter-offer of $5,000 was made.

Speaking during a conference at the Ministry of Education on Saturday, Education Minister Anthony Garcia said an additional $400 has been added to the offer and the Ministry is willing to pay $4,000 per student per term.

The new offer will be for a four-year period, he said. 

“We are hoping that this matter comes to an end with this decision of Cabinet."

Cabinet on Thursday considered the report of the committee appointed to conduct negotiations with the Association of Principals of Private Secondary schools. A decision was taken thereafter to increase the offer.

“As you would be aware, the committee met with representatives of the principals of the private secondary schools and the sum of $3,600 was offered. We understand that the offer was not accepted.

In fact, it was brought to our understanding that they wrote to the Minister of Finance rejecting the offer,” Garcia said.


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