Jamaican government allocated $4.3 billion to primary and junior high schools

The Jamaican government has allocated a total amount of $4.3 billion to primary, every age, and junior high schools for the 2021-2022 academic year. The funds are being distributed in 4 tranches. 

Jamaica: The Jamaican government has allocated a total amount of $4.3 billion to primary, every age, and junior high schools for the 2021-2022 academic year. The funds are being distributed in 4 tranches. 

The first tranche has already been paid in the month of July this year. 

The Ministry of Education, Youth, and Information of Jamaica island recently cited that every school would receive a maintenance grant in the amount of $150,000, a janitorial grant in the amount of – $250,000. They would also get an internet or telephone grant in the amount of $60,000.

The Education Ministry asserted, “In addition, all infant and primary-level institutions with an enrolment of fewer than 120 students would be receiving a flat rate of $300,000 per annum.”

The Ministry further indicated that it would proceed to provide the regular grant in the amount of – $2,500 per student. This amount would be paid directly from the Central Ministry.

Following the statement, the Ministry added that in the meantime, “A nutritional grant of – $1.7 billion has been provided for the programme of Advancement via Health and Education (PATH) students, with $120 per day for pupils in grades one to three, and $150 for those in grades four to six.”

The Ministry further noted that an amount of $600 million would be distributed for significant repairs among selected primary-level institutions. 

In addition, staffing assistance for cooks in the shortlisted schools would be supported in the amount of – $300 million at a rate of – $300,000 per school, & $80 million has been planned for the Rural Transportation Programme.

Jamaica’s Education would also continue to provide apprenticeships to some primary-level institutions totalling $76 million. The Ministry further added that it would continue to produce tablets for the students on PATH in grades 1 to 6 and other students who belongs to a vulnerable family via the Own Your Own Device (OYOD) & ‘One Laptop or Tablet Per Child’ initiatives.