School fees may be raised


At the Dewan Rakyat yesterday: School fees may be raised
13 Apr 2006
Reports by Shamini Darshni and Leslie Andres

April 13 SCHOOL fees may go up if the Education Ministry feels an increase is justified.

Deputy Education Minister Datuk Hon Choon Kim said yesterday that a committee under his ministry would soon forward its recommendations.

“The Education Regulation (Fees) 2006 draft is in the final stages,” he added.

He said the ministry had met state education departments to discuss streamlining all types of fees.

The compulsory fees for primary and secondary students include special fees, additional fees and hostel fees if students stay in a hostel.

Other charges, including contributions to the parent-teacher association and extra classes, are not considered school fees.

Hon was replying to Datuk Dr Wan Azmi Wan Ariffin (BN-Sik).

To a supplementary question by Datuk Ronald Kiandee (BN-Beluran), he said the special fees are RM4.50 for primary school pupils a year and RM9 for secondary school students.

“Additional fees would depend on the type of activities organised by the school such as providing examination papers, stationery and magazines,” said Hon.

However, the total for all the fees are capped at RM31.50 for pupils in Standards One to Five and RM33.50 for those in Standard Six.

In the case of secondary school students, the maximum is RM39 for Forms One, Two, Four and Lower Six, RM49 for Form Three, RM50 for Form Five and RM64 for Upper Sixth.

The school fees structure was last reviewed in 1993.