Cabinet rejects proposal for introduction of new fees

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Cabinet rejects proposal for introduction of new fees
House of Assembly, Saint Lucia.
House of Assembly, Saint Lucia.
House of Assembly, Saint Lucia.

PRESS RELEASE – On Monday November 23, 2015, the Cabinet of Ministers considered a proposal from the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour, to introduce fees for the verification and certification of academic documents.

Over the years, the Ministry of Education has provided the service to the public free of charge, while the Government bears the research and verification cost of the process. Given the fiscal realities ministries were mandated to evaluate processes with the view to cut cost and introduce greater efficiencies. Based upon its internal review, a proposal was submitted to Cabinet for the introduction of fees ranging from $5.00 to $30.00 for the verification and certification of documents, effective December 1, 2015.

While Cabinet accepts that this process places a strain on the resources of Government and that the public should bear a percentage of the cost associated with the provision of this service, it was agreed that the introduction of fees should be placed on hold at this time.

As such, the Office of the Prime Minister wishes to advise that despite an earlier announcement by the Ministry of Education, the process for the verification and certification of documents will remain the same, with no cost attached.

Cabinet has advised that the Ministry of Education explores more efficient procedures that do not compromise the integrity of the verification and certification process, for the time being.

A determination on the introduction of the fees will be made at a later date.

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  1. Undeniably imagine that which you said. Your
    favorite reason seemed to be at the net the easiest factor to remember of.

    I say to you, I certainly get annoyed at the same time as other people consider issues that
    they just do not realize about. You managed to hit
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  2. So the government put out a press release stating the increase and now its rejecting itself. What a joke. Yes SLP we are all mutons (sheep) in stlucia. lamere belle navige'

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  3. Can one really assume that the decision to increase fees did not come from Cabinet in the first place? But you people really think that some of us are idiots. Why wasn't the increase in tuition fees for SALCC categorically rejected by cabinet? Instead not a word, not a word, to quote Rick. So you really think that the idea of these increases did not originate from cabinet? Fool yourself old chap.

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    • the government still pays about 76% of salcc's student tuition fees for saint lucians. personally i'm not complaining about that one.

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  4. St. Lucians what do you all want? put a fee you all complaining, remove the fee you all still complaining using silly excuses as "Elections Coming". Elections coming GREAT!! If the basis on which we vote is simply based on minor issues that explains a lot.

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  5. A thought well thought...a Deed well done.....wow! Come on now....please use something else. So tactful! !

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  6. Why didn't Cabinet rejected the increase in vehicular fees? Why?

    Coming up with that increase in verification of schools' documentations, then, subsequently rejected it as if to say you are for the regular people. Everyone is seeing right through you; ELECTIONS COMING SOON...

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  7. Announced, now rejected? "Smell a rat" I believe this whole thing was orchestrated to give a false impression that this government does not tax. I personally believe that this fee is warranted. We were all given our results. If you loose it, you should bear the cost of getting another copy. I am concerned about the compulsory taxes imposed on us by this government.

    "ELECTION COMING"

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    • Its not about losing your copy! People need certified copies to submit to prospective employers as part of the process of gaining employment. Employers sometimes ask for certified copies in order to verify that the qualifications presented are real.

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  8. Kenny that will not help you buddy, with your bullish**, if you ever get back in office this new fee will go forward indeed. Boy St lucians you see Kennynomics at work. Well you know what to do come next elections. Also Lucians learn how to protest and stand up to politicians messing with your lives.

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  9. It is about time that people especially government start revisiting their processes as often times there are unnecessary or wasteful steps involved in a process just to create a product or service. These unnecessary steps add no value to the final product, but because they come at a cost, the consumers are left to pay the additional cost.
    I am sure if one has to look at the verification process there might be avenues for improvement or steps that are not necessary. Perhaps they can ask someone even within the ministry who knows nothing about the process to look at it critically as often times persons who are involved in it day in day out might not be able to readily pinpoint the inefficiencies.
    Things are already hard as it is. We should critically look at how we do things instead of passing the cost to the customer.

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