Govt. to Pay Matching Cost Sharing Fees for Needy Students by November


By November, the Government will pay over to schools the matching cost sharing fees for those children who are unable to pay the required fees for the upcoming school year. This was disclosed by the Minister of Information and Development, Donald Buchanan, at the weekly post Cabinet press briefing, held at Jamaica House on (July 16).
“The government will front load its 50 per cent of its share of cost sharing amounting to some $350 million in July, to facilitate schools being ready for September,” Mr. Buchanan said.
He noted that the approximate tuition fee for each child per year was $80,000, of which the parent’s cost sharing amount was approximately $5,000.
In the meantime, the Minister stressed that no child would be prevented from attending school because his or her tuition fee has not been paid.
“No child should be questioned or subjected to any form of embarrassment, because the fees have not been paid,” the Minister emphasized.
He also reconfirmed that the Government would continue to pay for Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) subjects, in the areas of Information Technology, one science subject, Mathematics and English.
The Minister said that the Government would also pay for three Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) subjects.

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