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Prime Minister Bruce Golding in an address to Parliament yesterday (August 27), made the announcement that Jamaican students who are currently studying in Cuba will benefit from an increase in stipend payments from the Jamaican government.
He said that for many years Cuba has awarded tertiary scholarships to Jamaican students and many Jamaicans have benefited from this programme and are engaged in various fields of work. He also noted that the Jamaican government originally issued payments of US$100 on a monthly basis, to each student who is awarded a scholarship.
Addressing a special session of Parliament yesterday, Mr. Golding announced that Cabinet has given the approval of a 25% increase to the stipend paid to these Jamaican students. This increase will now bring the stipend up to US$125 per month for each student.
The Prime Minister noted that, originally students who were awarded scholarships through arrangements with the Peoples National Party and from local trade unions, as well as students engaged in a one year preparatory course prior to registration in their various disciplines, received no financial assistance from the government of Jamaica. There are 105 students falling in these categories.
The Prime Minister mentioned that with the new increase given, students under the arrangements of the PNP, trade unions and those in the one year preparatory course will now receive stipend payments.
Mr. Golding further added that the financial decisions were in keeping with the promises he made to these students, when he visited them in Cuba, in May of this year.
Under the bilateral technical assistance agreements between the governments of Cuba and Jamaica, the Cuban government provides tuition, accommodation and course related supplies, plus the Cuban equivalent to US$5 per month.