House Unhappy with Hike in Graduation Fees

first_imgThe House of Representatives has mandated its seven-man Committee on Education to engage the Ministry of Education on the outcry of parents and guardians over the high graduation fees charged across the country.Reports indicate that as the school year comes to a close, students from high schools in the 15 political sub divisions must pay almost US$200 each to attend their graduation, which excludes optional extras like photographs.Some schools have made the graduation fees mandatory, which is unaffordable for many students.Sinoe County lawmaker Matthew Zarzar, who served as Deputy Minister for Education, is expected to advise Plenary on or before Thursday, July 21, whether or not the prevailing cost of a graduation ceremony is acceptable.On Thursday, June 30, the House unanimously mandated the Education Committee to investigate the matter, owing to a complaint from Montserrado County lawmaker, Munah E. Pelham Youngblood, to look into the issue.“It is with clear evidence that schools within the Republic of Liberia are now charging per student US$105 and up to US$230 for a high school graduation,” Rep. Youngblood wrote.“Fellow colleagues, you may agree with me that time is very hard and parents these days cannot afford said graduation fees, whereby a child who has worked for over 13 years cannot be able to participate in the graduation ceremony. In view of this, I write to seek unanimous support from this august body mandating the Ministry of Education to put an automatic hold on the entire graduation fees payment process throughout the country and to also bring the Principals Association to a round table discussion at the Ministry of Education level so that this matter can be addressed as soon as possible.” According to documents obtained by the Daily Observer, most schools are “requiring” all seniors to pay exorbitant fees for gowns and caps, certificates and their covers, program sheets, including the cost of bringing two guests, and project costs.Some schools are also charging ‘optional’ fees for seniors’ class nights.Documents show that fees vary from school to school, with the least being US$100.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Pochettino unfazed by Spurs’ quiet transfer window

first_img0Shares0000Mauricio Pochettino is unfazed by Tottenham’s lack of success in the transfer market © AFP / Ian KINGTONLONDON, United Kingdom, Aug 9 – Mauricio Pochettino insists Tottenham’s lack of activity in the transfer window isn’t a problem because it was just as important to hold onto the club’s key players.With the Premier League transfer market closing at 1600 GMT, Tottenham are set to be the only top-flight side not to make a signing since the end of last season. Pochettino had been linked with several players and a fresh approach for Aston Villa midfielder Jack Grealish was rebuffed by the Championship club earlier this week.The Tottenham manager had challenged his club to be “brave and take risks” when asked what Tottenham needed to do to improve their squad.But, although the Argentinian on Thursday conceded the transfer window would probably close without a fresh face arriving, he was adamant it was still a good period for his team.The reason for his optimism? — England striker Harry Kane, Denmark playmaker Christian Eriksen, South Korea forward Son Heung-min and England defender Kieran Trippier have all signed new contracts since May.“We have a very good squad, with very good players and it is very difficult to add players to that,” Pochettino said.“We didn’t sell players and with 25 players in the squad it is difficult to add players.“It’s not about adding because it’s fashionable to sign players. It’s about if you really need them or not and then if you can get your target or not.“It’s true our targets are always the same level as Manchester United, Manchester City or Real Madrid but for different circumstances we can’t achieve that.“I am not worried, I am not sad, I am so happy. To keep our best players was our objective and goal and we have achieved that – at the moment, we will see what happens in the next 20 days in Europe.“If you can’t add a player that can improve your squad, the most important thing is to make sure you do not lose your best players and I think that was a great job from the club to keep the best players and the manager.”Some Tottenham fans fear their club’s lack of activity might force Pochettino to consider leaving, but the former Southampton boss is happy with the club’s vision.“Of course it’s difficult to understand for people in football that Tottenham didn’t sign or sell players, but sometimes in football you need to behave differently,” he said.“If we are happy with our squad and cannot improve our squad, sometimes it’s better to keep our squad together.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more