Overcharging of school project fees is deemed illegal and school principals or teachers issuing these charges will face suspension if found to be practicing these.
Education Minister Jimmy Uguro gave this undertaking in parliament yesterday when responding to Moresby North East MP John Kaupa to clarify on the project fees component required of parents.
“For 2022, projects fees are allowed for parents and only the authorities concerned which are the National Education Board and Provincial Education Boards are responsible for that,” Mr Uguro said.
“Schools and their principals are not the ones to charge project fees.”
“Overcharging of project fees is illegal and not allowed.” said Minister Uguro.
He said last year school principals and teachers who were investigated on this issue where suspended when they were identified.
“I have instructed the Teaching Service Commission and National Education Department that school inspectors are the only legitimate authority to charge teachers and principals who do not follow the Education Act.”