This morning, the Minister of Labour, Hon. Joseph Hamilton launched the distribution of the ‘Because We Care’ cash grant at the Number Eight Secondary School and the Number 29 Primary School in Region Five.
As the Minister engaged the hundreds of parents that gathered today, he stressed the importance of the cash grant that will see each child in the public school system receiving $15,000, coupled with the $4,000 school uniform and supplies voucher, which gives a total of $19,000 per child.
He highlighted that the cash grant programme is the brainchild of the PPP/C government that saw students receiving $10,000 every year until 2015 when a new government took office. The Minister lamented that when the APNU+AFC government took office in 2015 the programme was discontinued and saw many Guyanese students deprived of the much-needed funds.
On that note, Minister Hamilton boasted of the government’s plan to increase the cash grant over the next five years. According to the Minister, the money given every year will increase until it reaches $50,000.
That was also said by the Chief Education Officer, Dr. Marcel Hutson, who sat alongside the Minister at the Number 29 Primary School, where approximately 460 students were to receive their cash grants.
Dr. Hutson said that today marks the beginning of the process to deliver on a promise made to the citizens of this country, and it will continue. In addition, he said the government is concerned with the delivery of education, which needs to occur through a holistic approach.
Also noted was the importance of parents level of involvement in the delivery of education to their children. According to the Chief Education Officer, it plays a vital role in creating an environment that will bolster their development.
Meanwhile, Minister Hamilton warned the parents to refrain from using the cash grant as a “productive grant”, meaning that it must be spent on things that are necessary for their children’s academic journey amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic and not for their own personal use.
In the coming days, the Minister is expected to launch distributions at several other locations as the government continues to roll out its programme.