By MSN NZ Money staff
Are schools wrong to demand parents pay so-called "voluntary" fees?
Rathkeale College, in the North Island's Wairarapa region, made headlines yesterday when it was revealed the administration was pressuring solo mother Karen Bock to pay the college $13,000 in unpaid voluntary fees.
Ms Bock has said she has paid the college's compulsory $2000 fees but simply couldn’t afford to spend the money on the additional $1000-a-term donation to the school and she was upset at the school’s aggressive tactics.
"The school's whole approach has been one of intimidation and aggression," she told the Dominion Post.
The government has now weighed into the debate with Education Minister, Anne Tolley, ordering an inquiry into the school’s demand that the mother pay the fees.
Should a school donation be just that voluntary and at the discretion of the parent or should parents be expected to pay the donation? Have your say below.