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  • A total of $727 million has been allocated to support the provision of additional classroom places.
  • An additional $119.3 billion has been provided to improve sanitation in schools.
  • Spending on social programmes continues to receive priority treatment in the budget, with a total allocation of $22.563 billion.

A total of $727 million has been allocated to support the provision of additional classroom places in infant, primary and secondary schools across the island.

This was revealed by Finance and Planning Minister, Dr. the Hon. Peter Phillips, who also said an additional $119.3 billion has been provided to improve sanitation in schools.

​He was speaking during the opening of the Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on April 17.

​In the meantime, Minister Phillips informed that spending on social programmes continues to receive priority treatment in the budget, with a total allocation of $22.563 billion.

This, he said, was in keeping with Government’s commitment to protect the most vulnerable.

Of the allocation, over $5.5 billion has been provided for the social protection programmes carried out by the Ministry of Labour and Social Security. This reflects an increase of over $900 million to enable the government to honour its commitment of providing another 15 per cent increase in the Programme for Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) payments.

Also, a total of $4.3 billion has been allocated to the School Feeding Programme – up from the $3.9 billion provided in the previous year. This includes just under $3 billion for the PATH component.