Corentyne Chambers of Commerce calls on Gov’t to continue Education Grant

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Parents indicating their preference to recieve Cash Grant at Anna Regina Secondary[www.inewsguyana.com] – The central Corentyne Chambers of Commerce (CCCC) is calling on the David Granger led administration to continue the “Because we care” education grant initiative, which was launched under the previous administration.

The chambers in an issued statement stated that Government should “retain the uniform grant to students as well as the $10,000 grant to families with children in public schools”.

Parents have complained that the initial $1,500 uniform voucher does not supply a student with more than one set of school uniform needed for school.

The APNU+AFC government has halted the 10,000 per child “Because we care” school grant, according to Minister of Governance, Raphael Trotman, who told a post cabinet media briefing on Wednesday, July 15 that the initiative was badly implemented and that it is “fiscally unsustainable.”

He said that the project is currently under review and that government wants to ensure that the poor and vulnerable should be the main beneficiaries.

“Cabinet has been advised that it is fiscally unsustainable because when one studies development economics, when you give a grant or a cash transfer, it has to be targeted; it must be accompanied or guided by a means test, so that you ensure the most vulnerable in society are the sole or if not the primary beneficiaries, that is the poorest of the poor,” Minister Trotman said.

 

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