Coronavirus privados Private schools agreed to freeze fees and not charge additional services

Private management colleges committed to preserve the sources of work for teaching and non-teaching staff, and freeze the quota until the measures of social isolation to stop the advance of the coronavirus.

This was disclosed in a statement issued by the Ministry of Education together with the provinces, the City of Buenos Aires and the chambers that group private educational institutions.

The agreement was signed by all parties after the meeting by videoconference that they held with the Minister of Education, Nicolás Trotta, before the claim of a possible discount in the monthly fee.

The schools undertook to preserve the sources of work for teachers, non-teachers, assistants, and administrators, in addition to ensure the payment of wages and adjust remote working conditions to preserve the health of workers and students.

Another point is the freezing of tariffs and retraction of increases produced before the entry into force of Decree No. 260/2020 of March 12, at the value they had before the DNU.

While there will be no decrease in the monthly fee the billing of “interrupted direct services” will be suspended (such as the school cafeteria), and other “after school services”.

In the statement, the institutions agreed make flexible and extend the dates of maturities in the payment of quotas and to suppress the fines and interests when the payment of the tariff is not in term.

The establishments will consider the particular situation of families needing a scholarship or a decrease in the fee, in the event that your income has been affected by the health emergency and isolation measures to stop the pandemic.

Private schools also committed to “do not restrict access to learning tools for issues related to the payment of fees”.

In addition to the signature of the Minister of Education, the document is endorsed by Norberto Baloira, from the Coordinating Board of Private Education Associations of the Argentine Republic (COORDIEP); Rodolfo de Vincenzi, of the Council of Rectors of Private Universities (CAIEP); José Álvarez, of the Superior Council of Catholic Education (Consudec); and Martín Zurita, from the Association of Private Schools of the Province of Buenos Aires (AIEPBA / JUNEP).

In addition to Trotta, on the state side, the head of the Cabinet of the Ministry of Education, Matías Novoa Haidar; and the undersecretary of Actions for the Defense of the Consumer, Laura Goldberg.