Decision on attendance dues could save integrated schools $3m a year

A High Court decision that collection costs are “associated charges”could save integrated schools $3 million a year.

The 330 schools charge attendance dues to cover the cost of making their properties conform to state-school building codes.

The attendance dues are allowed to cover other charges associated with land and buildings, including insurance, and until 2009 it had been accepted for nearly 30 years that the cost of collecting could also be included as “associated charges”.

But in 2009 the Education Ministry said the attendance dues could not include the cost of collecting them.


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