Education ministry disburses $1.4 billion to primary and secondary schools

Education ministry disburses $1.4 billion to primary and secondary schools

Thursday, September 24, 2020

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information says it has disbursed subventions totalling $1.4 billion to primary and secondary schools.

Making the disclosure during a virtual press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister in St Andrew on Tuesday, portfolio minister, Fayval Williams, said this represents 100 per cent of the third tranche of regular grants to the schools.

“Regular grants for both independent and special-needs schools will be disbursed during next week,” she added.

Williams also said that parents have been raising concerns regarding parental contribution to schools.

She noted that since schools are not physically reopened, there should be no demand or pressure on parents to make these contributions.

“It is not mandatory and parents should not be made to feel that they must pay. The policy of this Government is that no student should be denied access to education because of their inability to contribute,” she said.

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