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State deposits education grants to schools

Tevita Vuibau
Friday, January 03, 2014

FOUR hundred and fifteen schools around the country were given their first cheque for the government's free education grant yesterday.

Of the 415 schools, 401 are primary schools and 14 are secondary schools.

But Ministry of Education permanent secretary Dr Brij Lal said the schools still needed to fulfil the requirements of the grant.

"A total of $6,997,365.00 was deposited into the respective school bank accounts", Education Ministry permanent secretary Dr Brij Lal said.

"The heads of the eligible schools still need to submit their audited report for 2013 by 31st May, to ensure they receive their allocations for Terms 2 and 3 on time.

"By January 10 all 898 eligible schools will receive the grants."

Education Minister Filipe Bole said the second payment of grants will be made on January 6 and another on January 10.

Schools with Year 1 to Year 8 will receive a total of $250 per child — $84 for term one; $83 term two; and $83 term 3.

Year 9 and 10 schools will receive a total of $440 per child — $147 for term one; $147 term two; and $146 term three.

Year 11 and 12 will receive a total of $485 per child — $162 for term one; $162 for term two; and $161 for term three.

Year 13 will receive a total of $610 per child — $204 for term one, $204 term two; and $202 term three.

Twelve per cent of the grants will be used for administration and office operation, 20 per cent for the maintenance of buildings and compounds and 18 per cent will be used for IT, computers and vocational materials.

A further 18 per cent is to be budgeted for library books and textbooks, 14 per cent for physical education, arts, music and science equipment and 18 per cent for stationery.