School suspends students over 500VT late fee

School Authorities in Vanuatu are being asked to investigate the levy fee being used in some schools around Vanuatu after a school sends out a suspend notice to various students over a 500VT fee.

The 500VT fee is introduced as a levy for students who come in late to school.

The Ministry of Education is urged to investigate the issue as the notice says students cannot return to the school unless the 500VT fee is paid.

Goodwill School is one of the most expensive schools in the country and has a reputation for suspending students over small fees.

It is understood the Ministry of Education has already looked into making inspections at Goodwill School last year 2018 but deferred to this year 2019.

Students attending Goodwill are not notified of any pending fee issues and are given a direct suspension when due dates arrive.

The School payment system requires parents pay directly into the Goodwill School Account at the bank and even the 500VT late fee must be processed at the bank and until the bank provides the school a receipt, the student will not be allowed back into the school.

Parents feel the fee should be added onto to the next term payments so to not disturb students but school administration say John Tonner will not allow this to happen.

Goodwill School in Vanuatu, owned by South Sea Shipping operators, John Tonner, and his family want fees to be paid at the bank and that children who do not pay the 500VT won’t be allowed back into class.

The 500VT fee cannot be paid to the School Cashier and has to be paid into the School Account at the bank which makes it more difficult for parents as their child will miss out a day of the school whilst the parent’s lineup at the bank to settle this 500VT levy.

It is not clear whether Schools are allowed to levy fees on students who come in late to school and it is a concern when schools do this directly under the Ministry of Education, who do not seem to notice anything at all.

 

 

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