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Sun, 09 Feb 2020 12:43 - Updated Sun, 09 Feb 2020 13:22

Government keeps private school fees

Luanda - The school fees in private institutions will remain unchanged for the current school year, orders in a note issued by the Ministry of Finance.

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Partial view of the Agostinho Neto University Campus (file)

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According to the Ministry of Finance, the measure will be in force until the approval and promulgation of the diploma with the regulation of fees and emoluments, still under discussion.

With that until the approval of the legal diploma with the Regulation of the University Education Fees, including the public consultation, the prices are still the same.  

The government measure came in a time that some private school increased the monthly installments unilaterally.

However, the Ministry of Finance states that they are working with the Ministry of Higher Education, having already a common technical agreement which holds the stipulated in the Basic Law for Education and Teaching and in Presidential Decree No. 206/11, of 29 October, which approves the General Bases for the Organization of the National Price System.

In January this current year, the National Institute of Consumer Defence (INADEC) submited to the Attorney General's Office (PGR) a crime complaint against the Universities Piaget and UPRA, and the schools Pitabel, Pequenos Reis e Pucunina due to speculation and disobedience (unilateral increase in tuition and fees).

According to INADEC deputy General – Director, Wassamba Neto, that action violates the consumer’s interests.

Therefore, the official said that the INADEC submitted the complaint crime against the National Association of Private Education (ANEP) because of public insult, which means the encouragement for the increase of the prices related to services from the education institutions.

In addition to those cases, Wassamba Neto said that they are working on two more cases against the Aurora and Vermes schools.

Last Thursday, the chairperson of the National Association of Private Education (ANEP), António Pacavira, warned that schools that increased the tuition fees in the current academic year will have to make adjustments in the following installments, if there is no guarantee from the Ministry of Finance (MINFIN).

The proposal to increase tuition fees for the 2,000 schools associated with ANEP is still being analyzed by that ministerial department.

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