Tomorrow, the Ministry of Education (MOE) will start distributing 202,555 envelopes of ‘Because We Care’ cash grants and school uniform allowances, totalling $6,076,500,000.
This was disclosed by the Subject Minister Priya Manickchand in a Facebook post on Monday afternoon.
“We have packed 202,550 envelopes of $30,000 each amounting to $6,076,500,000 (six billion dollars) for each and every nursery, primary and secondary school child who was on the register and attending school.”
The cash grant is valued at $25,000, while the uniform and supplies voucher is valued at $5000, making it $30,000 for each child within the public and private schools whose name was submitted by their schools to the Education Ministry.
The cash grant distribution will commence tomorrow in Region Three and will continue throughout the country within the first two weeks of August.
The Education Ministry has already published dates and pickup locations for the grant on their Facebook page.
Last week, Minister Manickchand said that if a parent or guardian misses the initial date set for the cash grant distribution, they will still be able to get the grant, but this will be done until the exercise is concluded in every Region.
A day later, the Minister said she received complaints about private schools telling parents they would not get the cash grant until they pay their school fees.
In light of this, Manickchand has made it clear that the Ministry has no policy stating that the school fees of a child attending a private school must be paid first before they can get the cash grant.
The ‘Because We Care’ cash grant was introduced in 2014 but was discontinued in 2015 by the A Partnership for National Unity + Alliance For Change (APNU + AFC) Government.
After assuming back office in 2020, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) administration reintroduced the grant and committed to increasing it to $50,000 over the next five years.