On Monday November 23, 2015, the Cabinet of Ministers considered a proposal from the Ministry of Education, Human Resource Development and Labour, to introduce fees for the verification and certification of academic documents.
Over the years, the Ministry of Education has provided the service to the public free of charge, while the Government bears the research and verification cost of the process. Given the fiscal realities ministries were mandated to evaluate processes with the view to cut cost and introduce greater efficiencies.
Based upon its internal review, a proposal was submitted to Cabinet for the introduction of fees ranging from $5.00 to $30.00 for the verification and certification of documents, effective December 1, 2015.
While Cabinet accepts that this process places a strain on the resources of Government and that the public should bear a percentage of the cost associated with the provision of this service, it was agreed that the introduction of fees should be placed on hold at this time.
As such, the Office of the Prime Minister wishes to advise that despite an earlier announcement by the Ministry of Education, the process for the verification and certification of documents will remain the same, with no cost attached.
Cabinet has advised that the Ministry of Education explores more efficient procedures that do not compromise the integrity of the verification and certification process, for the time being.
A determination on the introduction of the fees will be made at a later date.