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Jamaica: $9.3 billion in grants allocated to secondary schools

The Ministry of Education has allocated $9.3 billion in grants to secondary schools for the 2021/2022 academic year.

The amount is being paid in four tranches, with the first disbursement made in June.

Allocation of the funds is to ensure that schools are equipped with the necessary infrastructure and resources and is in keeping with the Ministry’s long-term goal of ensuring access, equity, and quality education for all.

The Ministry, in a bulletin, informed that the regular grant in the amount of $17,000 per pupil will be paid directly from the central Ministry.

The allocation also includes maintenance funding in the sum of $88.5 million at a rate of $500,000 per school, and nutritional grant for Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) students in the amount of $2.1 billion, with $150 provided per pupil, per day.

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