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High fees, slash in teachers salaries threaten continuation of holiday classes

4 August 2017 No Comment

By Nkongho John
The hitherto highly applauded organization of holiday classes in Kumba has ran into some protracted problems The Star has learnt. Parents and especially the government lauded the initiative to organize the holiday classes given that children have been out of school for over 9months.
The continuation of holiday classes is now in jeopardy for several reasons following the withdrawal of pupils and students by their parents. The first reason is that the organizers of the holiday classes are charging exorbitant fee for the two months duration of the classes.
In one of the schools where parents are fast withdrawing their children, the organizers of the classes are allegedly charging FCFA 20.000 for the two months classes. Most parents felt that the holiday classes will be free, given that they had paid their school fees in full to the schools organizing the classes.
Another problem facing the holiday classes, we gathered is that most of the schools organizing the classes did not consult the Parents Teachers Association (PTA) before organizing the classes.
The third reason why most children are withdrawing from the holiday classes is that the teachers are not there to teach. The reason being that the organizers of the classes, most of them Proprietors of Schools, have informed the teachers handling the classes they will cut their salaries by half.
Most of the teachers handling the holiday classes, especially the classes organized by lay Proprietors are teachers of these schools. Most parents now believe that the intention of the holiday classes was aimed at making money for the Proprietors, given their gates have been shut for over nine months.

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