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Social security ministry to expand school attendance initiative for PATH students

Published:Wednesday | September 5, 2018 | 10:00 AM
Labour and Social Security Minister Shahine Robinson - File photo

The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is looking to expand its ‘School Days Count’ campaign to reach more institutions where there are high rates of non-compliance with the 85 per cent attendance requirement under the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH).

The initiative was launched in February as part of efforts to address attitudes to school attendance and punctuality among students who are PATH beneficiaries.

Portfolio Minister Shahine Robinson said that the first phase of the campaign was implemented in the 13 worst-affected institutions.

“As an incentive, 10 scholarships, each valued at $250,000, will be awarded to PATH students who have achieved 100 per cent attendance rates,” she noted.

She was speaking at a quarterly press briefing at the Ministry’s North Street Offices on September 4.

Meanwhile, the Ministry continues to provide opportunities for young people under PATH to achieve their goals.

To this end, two additional students have been presented with scholarships under PATH’s 15th anniversary tertiary award programme.

They were Brittany Munroe, who received $400,000 to continue studies towards a Bachelor’s degree in Pharmacology at the University of Technology; and Shanique Davidson, who received $600,000 towards the attainment of a Bachelor’s Degree in Medicine and Surgery at the University of the West Indies.

In celebration of its 15th anniversary, 17 beneficiaries of PATH were awarded scholarships valued at $15 million last year to pursue studies at the tertiary level.

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