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The Federation of Managers of Private Non-Feeing Colleges continues to maintain pressure against the various decisions taken by the Private Secondary Education Authority (PSEA). And in particular the new subsidy formula (“New Comprehensive Grant Formula”), supposed to allow them to run their institutions, but which, according to the managers, is “asphyxiating” them. They claim that they are drawing on their reserves and are overdrawn with their respective banks.

“We are waiting for a solution to be found as soon as possible by the authorities. We have written to the Prime Minister, Pravind Jugnauth, and to the Minister of Education, Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun, but still no response. We are looking for common ground for the smooth running of our colleges…” insists Basheer Taleb, a member of the federation.

In the meantime, after the awareness-raising meeting with parents of students, at the gymnasium of St Joseph College, on Saturday, July 6, 2024, whose theme was “Is education in Mauritius under threat?”, the officials wish to continue on this momentum. This is how other meetings will be organized in the coming weeks. The officials also intend to alert international organizations such as UNESCO on the subject.

On the other hand, Basheer Taleb points out that they are waiting for clarification regarding the allocation of Rs 1,000 per month per student to private colleges, under the “Per Capita Grant”, announced by Finance Minister Renganaden Padayachy in the last Budget 2024-25. In addition, managers of non-fee paying private colleges are waiting for the next payment of PSEA under the “New Comprehensive Grant Formula” which is made at the beginning of the term.

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