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High school tuition fees being abandoned in April

Date Posted: 2010-02-11

High school tuition fees have often been waived for families in financial distress, but now Okinawa Prefecture says it will totally drop the tuition fees in public high schools starting in April.

More than 4,780 students applied for waivers on high school tuition fees last year, an increase of 344 over the school year before. The Prefecture Board of Education says 10% of the prefecture’s 46,288 students have been receiving the financial aid. With the number of families impacted by the financial crisis increasing, the Board says it decided to simply eliminate the tuition fees.

Parents will still pay for uniform costs, stationary costs, PTA membership fees, transportation and food fees, and other miscellaneous expenses related to high school requirements. “We don’t want children to worry about money,” teachers say, “as students should be immersed in school studies. We are very happy to see the free tuition, and now want to see other fees made free.”

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