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Parents oppose Kitanakagusuku nursery school privatization plan

Date Posted: 2008-09-26

Kitanakagusuku Village wants to get out of the nursery school business, citing high costs and village financial shortages, but parents are demanding things stay as they are.

The village says it doesn’t have enough money to cover teacher salaries and food costs for children and staff, and wants to turn the operation over to a private firm that would be eligible for government subsidies. Parents say “It’s too early. We don’t have enough to think about this problem, and we are worried the village might cut salaries if the school goes with a social welfare association.” They are expressing concern nursery school teachers could receive less salary, disrupting what they consider a satisfactory school program.

Village officials say receipt of subsidy money requires the school be converted to a private organization under a system of social welfare associations. If the school goes private, it can receive ¥40 million. If not, the village is in a financial bind.

Village officials and parents are meeting with parents, trying to explain the financial dilemma faced, but parents aren’t excited. “We need support from the social welfare association,” village officials say, and ask parents to “Please understand us.”

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