Thursday, May 23, 2013 11:00
Private Schools To Reduce Tuition
Owners of private schools operating in the country have agreed not to increase tuitions and other related fees in their respective schools. The schools mostly operated by churches in the country agreed not to increase fees following the intervention of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and the National Legislature.
Information Minister Lewis Brown told a news conference yesterday that the President has been very concerned about the increment in school fees, something which prompted her to conduct a broader and high level consultation.
Minister Brown said as a result of the consultation, authorities of the United Methodist Church, the Catholic Church and other denominations that operate schools in the country, have signed a document expressing their commitment not to increase fees and reduce same.
Minister Brown said the decision was reached after consultation with heads of the schools, family and parents.
The government's spokesman said the Ellen Johnson Sirleaf administration is concerned about Liberian students acquiring quality education and as such will be counting on learning institutions to facilitate same.
In recent time, there has been public outcry when some private schools were increasing their fees and the situation became so serious that some parents planned a public demonstration to call the attention of the government.