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  • A sixth form textbook rental programme will be introduced in secondary schools at the start of the 2016/17 academic year in September.
  • “We have heard stories of students having to sit at home because they can't afford the $40,000 to $70,000 being charged…for a year of study in sixth form. I don't think (they) should (be denied) the opportunity of going on to sixth form (if they so choose),” Senator Reid said.
  • “we feel that…we can give parents a much needed break on the cost of having students moving on to sixth form.”

A sixth form textbook rental programme will be introduced in secondary schools at the start of the 2016/17 academic year in September.

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says it aims to offset some of the costs associated with student enrolment at this grade level, which he notes “can be very expensive.”

“We have heard stories of students having to sit at home because they can’t afford the $40,000 to $70,000 being charged…for a year of study in sixth form. I don’t think (they) should (be denied) the opportunity of going on to sixth form (if they so choose),” Senator Reid said.

In this regard, Senator Reid assured that the Government “will do all it can to assist,” adding that by implementing the programme, “we feel that…we can give parents a much needed break on the cost of having students moving on to sixth form.”

The Minister was speaking at a recent parents’ consultation meeting a St. Elizabeth Technical High School in Santa Cruz, St. Elizabeth.

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