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G2K renews calls for an education trust for tertiary students

Published:Monday | August 18, 2014 | 9:53 AM

Generation 2000 (G2K), the Young Professional affiliate of the Jamaica Labour Party, is renewing its call for the Government to establish a Private-Public Tertiary Education Trust Fund to help more Jamaican students.

The appeal coincides with news that the Student Loan Bureau (SLB) is facing a billion-dollar shortfall for the upcoming academic year.

G2K President Floyd Green says he is gravely concerned about the persistent financial challenges at the SLB.

Green further says the G2K is disappointed that the Government has not put in place a comprehensive plan to make the SLB sustainable.

He says in addition to the setting up of a Trust Fund, the Government consider diverting Education Tax from the Consolidated Fund into a designated Education Fund.

Green says the Government should also rationalise the operational expenses of the SLB.

Last week, the Guild of Students at the University of the West Indies, Mona called for the Government to urgently move to capitalise the SLB as it fears that dozens of students will drop out of university if the Bureau does not get more money.


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