MORE than 160,000 schoolchildren across the country will now receive a $4,000 uniform and school supplies voucher to assist with purchasing their supplies.
The Ministry of Education’s programme was launched in Region Five (Mahaica – Berbice) last Friday by Minister Priya Manickchand. According to a press release from the ministry, the People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPP/C) government increased the voucher from $2,000 to $4,000, representing a 100% increase.
In brief remarks, Minister Manickchand told parents that she is pleased that they can get some financial assistance at a time when the world and the country are confronting a pandemic.
The vouchers can be redeemed at the stores across the country. It cannot be redeemed for cash, but must purchase what it is intended for. Vouchers can be uplifted at schools on dates and times provided by individual schools.
During Minister Manickchand’s visit to Region Five on Friday last, vouchers were distributed at the No. 8 Primary; Abary Primary; Mahaicony Primary and Nursery; Dora Point Nursery; Gordon Table Primary; Mora Point Primary; Karamat Primary; Mortice Primary and Nursery; Strathcampbell Primary and Nursery; Perth Nursery; West End Nursery; Biaboo Primary and District No. 10 Nursery and Primary Schools.
At these locations 573 vouchers were distributed to primary school students while 160 pupils at the nursery level received vouchers.