Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Letters from a Parent and the Ministry of Education Ordering a Freeze on the Rise in School Fees for 2011-2012 - 15th May 2011

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These letters should be read in relation to the Fees Booklet issued by the school at the end of the 2010-2011 academic year, which can be found here: School Fees Booklet 2011-2012.

8 comments:

  1. Obviously parents do not want an increase in fees when the staffing situation is still uncertain

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  2. Obviously there should be no increase in fees when it illegal to increase them so regularly - and increasing fees to fund the ventures of the administration is not really justifiable..
    K

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  3. Khalid
    I think you make a very fair and reasonable point here: "I can not see any justification why in our case as parents comprising the main single source of the whole set-up income are not receiving even notes on school financial budgets".
    It is normal practise in any charitable or not-for profit organization to publish an annual statement with a detailed breakdown of income and expenditure - it is basic transparency for those who are investing funds - indeed you will find these published for the majority of independently run schools the world over.
    The fact that Unity High School's administration has not been doing this is greatly flawed and raises very large questions as to where funds are going.
    Any parents who read Khalid's letter should be asking the same question. YOU pay the fees therefore YOU have a right to know exactly where YOUR money is going - fees cover more than teachers' salaries in a school - and thus you should be entitled to know where the money ends up. Put it another way if you were investing in a stocks and shares portfolio you would want to know where your money was being placed- you may have moral or ethical concerns and wish to ensure your money was diverted away from such - do you not have the same questions as to where your money goes when it lands in the school -you are making an investment - perhaps your biggest - the education of your child?
    Once again this is an example of how the administrative side of this school through the illegitimate Council and director have failed in their obligations to those who fund THEM.
    K

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  4. It should be noted that at Unity High School approximately 40% of the available capital goes on staff salaries. The norm for a school is 60-80%. As anyone running any sort of organisation with employees knows, salaries take up the largest percentage of available funds. The question in relation to Unity then is: "Where is the other 60% going?"

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  5. Year Ten StudentMay 20, 2011 at 6:15 PM

    Exactly! With the "Arab Spring" and the investigations of longtime corruption and embezzlement going on in neighbors such as Egypt, I think that it's quite suitable that we here in Unity expose what's going on in the school.

    Someone is sure making money out of this school...

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  6. Contrary to what Waddah your PTA Chairman feels "that it is OK to give donations to the church" it is actually totally illegal for this school to give donations. It is against the terms of the Trust. These donations should be returned to the school. Fees are not high at Unity and this is probably why parents have not complained too much and they will need to be increased soon but first you should be shown how money is being spent and I am sure then there will be no problem. No one is stealing huge amounts of money as some people are thinking. There are some areas of misuse and some just of bad financial management. Salaries for expats are not high and it is usual in schools for 75 to 80% of funds to go on staffing. Building flats for staff instead of paying huge rents would be a great start. Getting the Council to read their own Trust Document would be a good idea then they will see that they are not authorised to give themselves or their Churches any money at all

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  7. I am utterly astonished that Waddah Mohamed in his role as chairman of the PTA can have said such a stupid thing, given that not long before this comment at the non-PTA parents meeting, he had protested over the fact that some of the ex-pat staff were trying to claim their legal entitlement to social insurance. Waddah was of the opinion - it is reported - that 'everyone does deals over social insurance'. Perhaps Waddah needs to be made aware of the fact that ex-pats have not been informed of their right to social insurance payments for a good number of years and that therefore there was no deal to be made. The ex-pats were simply deceived and in some cases had their social insurance entitlements stolen from them by the illegal representatives of the school's governing body through forged documents. So...according to Waddah, it is ok for the school to give donations to the church (in spite of the fact that this is itself illegal) but it is not ok for the staff to claim their legal entitlement to social insurance. Thanks Waddah...who's agenda are you pursuing?

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  8. All monies given in the form of donations by the current and last Director of Unity High School should indeed be returned. This would amount to many hundreds of thousands of Sudanese pounds - if not millions. As many of the 'donations' requested by Bishop Kondo were for 'the pressing needs of the Diocese' they therefore fall under the remit of the Episcopal Church of Sudan. The ECS it seems are now in a position where it is necessary as a matter of urgency to investigate these illegal donations and return every last SDG that they have ever received from Unity High School. Bishop Kondo, as self-proclaimed Chairman of the School Council should know from his familiarity with the school and therefore it's Trust Deed that these donations are illegal and the ECS should hold him personally to account for all of these donations. The priority is however that this stolen money should be returned to the school and it's students. It is after all from the children that Bishop Kondo has been stealing.

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