25 Sep 2011

Schools to go to court over collection fees

12:23 pm on 25 September 2011

A disagreement over the right of integrated schools to charge parents for the cost of collecting money from them is heading to court.

The Association of Proprietors of Integrated Schools says the Ministry of Education wants its members to stop including collection fees in the attendance dues they charge for the upkeep of school property.

Collection fees range from 2% - 6% of the attendance dues, some of which are more than $2000 per year.

The association says it has legal advice the fees are okay.

It says the two organisations have agreed to seek a High Court judgement on the matter and the case is likely to be heard in three or four months.