STUDENTS PAY $100 ‘TAX’ FOR LATE ENTRY
Lunch money for late students at a Corporate Area high school has been shortened following a late fee policy that was installed by the new principal, which requires pupils to pay a fee of $50 or $100 upon entry.
THE STAR has been informed that after the school bell rings, depending on arrival time, students who want to enter the compound must pay the fee.
A student who spoke to THE STAR said, "If you reach 8 a.m., yuh haffi pay $50. Later than 8 a.m. and you pay $100. I know a lot of children who have to pay, and some go hungry."
The student informed our news team that arriving before the 7:45 a.m. start of school is key.
"You pay the security first, then you enter and go to the dean of discipline for a receipt. The name of the teacher whose class you should be in at that time is written on the receipt. You show it and enter the class," the student said.
The student population has met the three-month-old late fee policy with resistance, and THE STAR understands that the subject is a hot topic at the school.
"The children dem still come late, but if you are late more than three times you can get suspended because they keep track of it. It unfair and a lot of students talk up about it because dem lunch money a shorten," another student said.
Up to news time, the school board chairman, Silvera Castro, could not be reached for a comment on the issue. Repeated calls to his cell phone numbers went unanswered.