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'Because We Care' cash grant distribution begins; Stipend, lunch for teachers involved in process

Minister of Education Priya Manickchand and a parent collecting the "Because We Care" cash grant

The Ministry of Education (MOE) on Tuesday launched the distribution of the 'Because We Care' cash grant at Belle West Primary School, Region Three.

Over the next four days, over $806M will be distributed in Region Three, and Minister of Education Priya Manickchand said that Education Officers and teachers across the country are working to ensure every eligible child receives their grant.

The Education Minister said that she is confident parents will use the grant valued at $30,000 per child to prepare their children for the new school year.

She assured parents that the process is fair and could withstand scrutiny due to the various checks and balances utilised.

Meanwhile, there have been concerns about whether teachers who are volunteering in the distribution exercise would be compensated for the time spent.

In response, Minister Manickchand said that a stipend and lunch would be provided to show appreciation to the teachers involved in the process.

She also thanked the educators for volunteering their time, highlighting that they play a critical role in the distribution exercise.

According to reports in some sections of the print media, some Parent Teacher Association (PTA) bodies would be compensating the teachers, but Minister Manickchand has since announced this is not the case.

The cash grant distribution began earlier today in several Regions and will continue throughout the week as per the schedule provided on the Ministry's Facebook page.

Parents or guardians uplifting the $30,000 grant will be required to provide a form of identification or an authorisation letter where necessary.


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