The Ministry of Education and Training (MoET) has firmly stated that both public and private schools are forbidden from expelling students with outstanding fees, if they were accepted for enrolment and have unresolved fees from previous years.

While stressing the importance of parents taking responsibility for their children’s school fees, the MoET emphasises that once a school permits a student with outstanding fees to enrol for a new academic year, expulsion during that year due to unpaid fees is strictly discouraged.

To tackle potential financial hurdles, MoET is urging parents and school administrators to collaborate on creating payment plans.

This proactive measure ensures that parents who may face challenges in paying fees at the start of the academic year can establish agreements with school authorities to progressively fulfil their financial obligations throughout the year.

Failing to address outstanding fees can have serious consequences for students, including the denial of access to academic results and ineligibility to progress to the next level, even if all coursework has been successfully completed.

While the government shoulders the responsibility of covering tuition fees, schools retain the authority to charge operational and development fees, outlined in their approved school fee tables endorsed by the Minister. The process involves approval from the school council, provincial education board, and final approval from the MoET.

Schools are permitted to charge additional fees, but strict guidelines mandate that these fees must be approved by the Ministry and signed by the Minister. The justification for these fees is important, aligning with the Ministry’s overarching mission to enhance access to education for every child in the country.

Notably, this regulation currently applies exclusively to public schools. However, the MoET has unveiled plans to extend these provisions to private schools in the future, signalling a commitment to ensuring uniform standards and equitable education across all educational institutions.