- Holy Trinity in Gravesend has said it will now be fining parent £1 (GHC 7.38) for every five minutes that kids stay uncollected in the school after closing time
- In the case that the child stay till 6pm, the school said it would have to contact social services to step in
- Holy Trinity said the option of paying teachers for overtime has proved to a big blow to the school's funding
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Holy Trinity in Gravesend, Kent, is now fining parents £1 (GHC 7.38) per student for every five minutes after 3:40 pm they come late to pick their kids.
BBC News reports that in the case that the child still remains in the school at 6 pm, social services will be contacted.
It should be noted, however, that the National Education Union thinks that such a grave measure could affect the relationship with parents.
The school said it took the fine measure when they realised that the option of paying staff overtime for uncollected children is affecting funding.
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Denise Gibbs-Naguar, the headteacher of the school, said that a higher number of students still stay in school even 30 minutes after closing time.
She went ahead to say that that kids who are left behind in the school are often showing signs of serious anxiety, worrying that something could have happened to their parents.
The development received mixed reactions from parents. While some could not just believe why a parent would be that late to pick their children, others think the measure is quite grave.
He added that there would be a strong air of antagonisation when social services are contacted.
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