Parents to begin receiving $10,000 school grant by next month


School protest. WEB[] – As the Government of Guyana continues to invest in Guyanese for a brighter future, parents of children attending public schools are expected to start receiving the $10,000 cash grant by mid-October.

Education Minister Priya Manickchand today said the Ministry of Education will use various means to distribute the grants in the different regions. The Ministry has been consulting with parents in various communities to garner suggestions and recommendations as to how the grants should be distributed.

This initiative was announced during the 2014 national budget by Finance Minister Dr. Ashni Singh, and up to 188,406 families of Nursery, Primary and Secondary School children of Public schools are expected to benefit. This programme will cost Government $2 billion.

This cash grant is expected to ease transportation burdens on parents of school aged children and will provide added impetus to raising enrolment and attendance rates.

Government has been investing significantly in the education sector, and has implemented a number of initiatives to boost attendance and performance.

Text books have been distributed to every school child as well as other supportive programmes such as the National School Feeding and the National School Uniform Programmes, both of which have helped to increase attendance rates and, in particular in the case of the former, raise classroom attentiveness and participation.

[Extracted and modified from GINA]





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