"There is no problem with the payment of tuition fees, as it is 10 academic months, the month of April is not obligatory to pay in full, the ministry has opened the possibility and the joint decree says so," said this Monday the president of AEUPA, Joaquim Caiombo.
According to the student, the 60 percent of the tuition fee, which private educational institutions are obliged to charge, "will serve to amortize, exceptionally, the month of January 2021, and thus fill the month of April, without classes, because of the state of emergency".
"The student is free and the institutions must negotiate with the student associations in order to find a middle ground for the payment," Joaquim Caiombo said at the end of a meeting with Maria do Rosário Sambo, the minister of higher education.
The AEUPA leader also stressed that the organization's members were better informed about the modalities of payment of the April tuition fee, advising that the 10 academic months "will be completed in full".
A joint executive decree drawn up last week by the ministries of education, finance and higher education authorises the collection of 60 per cent of the monthly fee in private educational institutions and 25 per cent in reimbursed schools during the state of emergency.
According to the document, without prejudice to pertinent adjustments to school calendars, the fees paid "must be part of the payment of the 10 months foreseen in each school year".
This Monday, the Minister of Higher Education, Maria do Rosario Sambo, explained that the joint executive decree on the exceptional regime for the payment of tuition fees "authorizes", but "does not oblige" private institutions to collect tuition fees during the period of emergency due to covid-19.