Some Private Schools Hike School Fees For Second Term Despite Uncertainty Surrounding Re-Opening Dates

Some private schools have reportedly hiked their fees for next term despite the uncertainty posed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Daily News reports. Schools that hiked fees reportedly communicated to parents that they were incurring fixed costs especially due to online classes which had already begun.

According to the publication, these are some of the fees parents will have to pay at these schools:

Peterhouse is charging $79 500 or US$1 590 for Peterhouse Girls (PHG) day scholars a term, while Peterhouse Boys’ School boarders should pay $133 000 or US$2 660.

St John’s wants $99 000 or US$1 650 from its Form Six students, $90 000 or US$1 500 for forms One to Four, $66 000 or US$1 100 for its preparatory level pupils, and $54 000 or US$900 for Early Childhood Development (ECD) learners.

Heritage School justified its fees hike by saying its senior department had been working with children through the e-learning platform. The school is demanding US$900 from its preparatory pupils, US$1 150 for those in year one and two, US$1 350 in year three to seven, US$1 650 for those in year eight to 13, and US$1 750 for those in boarding.
Schools closed prematurely on 24 March due to COVID-19 and up to date, nothing has been said about reopening as the COVID-19 risk remains relatively high.

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