Member for Bulolo and Deputy Opposition leader Sam Basil wants to see the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission investigate tuition fees imposed by permitted institutions in the country.
With more and more students being educated up to grades 10 and 12, the government’s Free Tuition Fee Scheme is increasing outputs but with fewer spaces for students to continue after year 12.
Basil says this is forcing parents to enrol their children in private schools and permitted schools operated by the churches, the International Education Agency and other registered training providers.
“There have been complaints raised by parents about the fees but they are unable to complain directly as it involves the education of their children.
“Therefore, the ICCC should investigate the various fees and charges with the quality of their programs and the value for the fee charged,” he says.
This comes after numerous requests for assistance were made by students to the various members of Parliament through the JDBPPC and Discretionary support grants.
However the Independent Consumer and Competition Commission say they do not have a say with the school fee structure of schools as it only regulates the business industry.
The Education Secretary Michael Tapo who is currently in Kokopo says the National Education Board regulates school fee structures for schools that are affiliated with the department.
He says the board of which he is the chairman says private schools run by the International Education Agency have their own body that sets the tuition fees.
Tapo says only those private schools that are affiliated with the Education Department in terms of curriculum and examinations have their fees regulated by the National Education Board
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