Social funds established to legalize illegal school fees in Kyrgyzstan
Social funds are frequently established to legalize illegal school fees in Kyrgyzstan, Nazgul Turdubekova, chief of the Children's Rights Protectors League said Monday at a round table discussion School realia in the light of international and national children's rights observance standards, news agency "24.kg" reported.
The funds allegedly gather 200-1000 soms sums monthly, voluntary granted by parents for school needs. "An investigation has shown that neither of school directors could give information on received and spent funds, show cash orders and book records," Turdubekova said.
As to the human rights activist, parents admit that the voluntary fees are collected as compulsory. "In case of refusal, teachers press a child psychologically, banning him to use school furniture. The facts are the evidence of gross violation of the recommendations of the United Nations Committee on the Rights of the Child," she said.
Besides, statutes of many schools include items detailing their rights to render additional educational services only for fees. "They counter to standard regulations about general education institution, which detail the right of students for paid and free additional educational services," the activist added.