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The Ministry of Labour and Social Security has introduced a Back-to-School grant of $3,500 per student who is on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).

This is being done as part of efforts to improve the social safety net programmes and to increase the level of support provided to poor families.

The initiative was announced by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Shahine Robinson, at a quarterly press briefing held at the Ministry’s North Street Offices today (September 4).

“This benefit is payable to all registered PATH students attending primary and secondary schools islandwide. Payments will be available for collection by beneficiaries on September 11, 2018 via the usual methods,” Mrs. Robinson pointed out.

She said a total of 155,813 children will benefit from this grant with the average payment to a household being $10,500 for three children.

“I am sure you will agree with me that every child must have the opportunity to stay in school, and every child must have the opportunity to learn. Therefore, this new benefit will be made annually and will be paid in the August 2019 payment cycle, and in ensuing years,” the Minister noted.