Monday, January 25, 2010

Government Defines Tuition Payment System

Facing the enactment of the of the “provision of educational services” proposed by the government to
eliminate irregular educational charges, several private schools in Cochabamba continue to require that families sign contracts when students enroll, demanding such things as additional payments without justification or the purchase of uniforms.

The current national regulations only mandate the payment of tuition, while the government’s proposed agreement also establishes obligations for the entire education system. The draft of the regulation, presented by the government and reviewed this week by representatives of the National Association of Private Schools (Andecop), proposes the payment of ten equal monthly tuition installments without increase during the year.

The measure made it clear that the school system couldn’t make other charges such as enrollment, admission, or entry fees. The regulation allowed for schools to detail the additional services that would benefit students and their respective costs, but these services could not be compulsory. Schools are also not allowed to require school-specific uniforms or the purchase of educational materials.

On the other hand, it is the responsibility of the families to complete monthly payments, provide the necessary materials, and support the students in their educational pursuits. The measure also included a specific clause that stated in the instance of missed payments, the school system couldn’t punish the students through expulsion or exclusion from examinations.

In light of the agreement between the Ministry of Education and Andecop regarding the measure’s contents, the measure is expected to be put into place this coming week.

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