Opposition wants Govt to provide $10,000 per student COVID assistance to parents

Latest News

Opposition wants Govt to provide $10,000 per student COVID assistance to parents

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Print this page Email A Friend!


KINGSTON, Jamaica— The Parliamentary Opposition has called on the Government to provide a special $10,000-per student COVID assistance to parents, to assist them with back-to school expenses for their children.

Speaking a short while ago in the House of Representatives, Opposition spokesman on education, Peter Bunting said the promised allocations to schools is not enough and that parents who have been hard hit by COVID-19 are urgently in need of support.

He pointed out that parents have and will have additional expenses such as purchasing data for online learning, and the provision of home care for younger children.

Bunting also dismissed the statement made by education minister Karl Samuda's on school fees advising administrators not to increase fees for the 2020/21 academic year, as policies which already exist.

“This is just a restatement of the policy that normally applies. Given that we are facing the most severe challenge to our education system and we risk compromising the career chances of our children because of the learning loss that has taken place, I had expected something much more dramatic, something more appropriate for the situation that we face,” he said.

-Alphea Saunders


Now you can read the Jamaica Observer ePaper anytime, anywhere. The Jamaica Observer ePaper is available to you at home or at work, and is the same edition as the printed copy available at http://bit.ly/epaper-login


ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT