$300 School Subsidy automatic in Corozal and rural Belize, Orange Walk and Cayo Print E-mail
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Thursday, 10 May 2018 00:00

On the occasion of this year’s Education Showcase, Hon. Patrick Faber noted the following: “We have for instances noted with great delight the impact of the Government’s High School Subsidy Program. The most recent MICS Survey report shows that transition rate from primary to secondary school is higher for the poorest wealth quintile than the next two quintiles above it.  This is a clear indication of the impact of the Government’s high school subsidy program. It means that more students need help to transition to secondary school and it is this Government’s commitment to make the necessary investments and policy decisions to make high school education even more accessible. I believe, ladies and gentlemen, that secondary education is basic education and each person is so entitled to no less than a solid basic education. It is a tall but extremely worthy task and it will mean building more schools, amending legislation to make the compulsory school age at 16 years, revisiting high school policies that block and limit the continued enrolment of high school students and to insist on ensuring that the academic and social safety nets are in place.”

He added that the 300 dollars school subsidy which, Government offers automatically to students in the Toledo and Stann Creek Districts will now be expanded. Students from the entire Corozal District will now also be included as being beneficiaries to the 300 dollars for first and second form enrollment. Additionally, it will also be automatic for students who hail from the rural areas of the Belize, Orange Walk and Cayo district. For those living in urban areas, the mechanism is in place for them to apply to the ministry for consideration to be a recipient of the subsidy.