(CMR) Caymanian students in Government schools will be exempt from paying graduation fees this year, John Gray High School has reminded parents.
In a letter sent to parents last week, the school said as of January 2023, the Ministry of Education removed all examination and graduation fees for Caymanian students enrolled in Government schools.
“Therefore, all Caymanian students will be exempt from paying graduation fees for the upcoming ceremony, which is scheduled for Tuesday, October 12, 2023,” the school stated.
Non-Caymanian students will be required to pay a fee of CI$130 for the graduation package, with the deadline for payment being August 31, 2023. Payments should be made at the school’s administrative building to the bursar between 7 am and 2 pm. However, the school will not be able to accept payments in July.
“The removal of these two financial burdens will enable us to provide greater support for our Caymanian students, facilitate a more inclusive graduation experience and provide a clearer pathway for students to pursue post-secondary education or gainful employment,” said Minister for Education, Hon. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, following an announcement that the fees would be removed.
” As we take these final steps towards free education, we can further ensure that each Caymanian student has an equal opportunity to advance and to realize their full potential,” the Education Minister continued.
An estimated 454 compulsory-age students will benefit from the removal of examination and graduation fees annually.