Parents are reported to have increasingly complained about the sums they are often charged to pay as PTA fees for their children. In seeking ways to solve this issue, the Ministry of Secondary Education has sent a warning to schools and parents who connive to swindle others out of their money.
The Ministry officials indicate that the amount for Parent Teachers’ Association (PTA) levy is set at 25,000 FCFA per student, although some school authorities raise it to 30,000 FCFA which is illegal. “Some schools ask for fictitious sums without taking into consideration the needs of the schools. Some go right up to thirty thousand” Akat Fidelis Eta – Inspector General, Ministry of Secondary Education.
“Some misguided school heads connive with the executive committee of the PTA and impose more than the amount, some go as far as collecting building fees. There is nothing like building fees” Akat Fidelis decried.
He said there are schools in urban areas like Yaounde, which have all the infrastructure but still ask for 30,000 FCFA “we wonder what you are asking for thirty thousand to do with” the inspector General said reiterating that the Minister of Secondary Education has given firm instructions that the texts regulating the PTA levy, should be strictly followed in public schools.
All of this comes at a time when a new academic year is about to begin in Cameroon. The 2021/2022 school year starts on September 6.