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Education Ministry to spend $817 million on textbooks, other supplies for schools

Published:Thursday | August 1, 2019 | 9:29 AM
Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Karl Samuda - Contributed photo.

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be providing textbooks and appropriate electronic and other supplies to support the National Standards Curriculum and other curricula at grades 1 to 13 for the upcoming academic year.

The total cost associated with these procurements for both the primary and secondary levels will be approximately $817 million.

“Distribution of these resources will commence in August of this year,” Minister with responsibility for Education, Karl Samuda, said during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Wednesday.

Meanwhile, Samuda informed that the Ministry had introduced a pilot programme for the repair of damaged and worn furniture in the 2018/19 academic year and that the pilot ended in July to make way for the full roll-out of the programme.

Under the project, the Ministry selected two schools from each parish that have a woodwork and metalwork department.

These 28 schools are known as repairer schools.

In addition, each school is paired with a number of neighbouring schools that have furniture to be repaired, and is given just over $1.5 million per year to complete the repairs.

So far, 6,868 pieces of furniture have been repaired at a cost of $19.65 million.

“The cost to replace the furniture would have been $28.1 million. Roughly, $9 million was saved from this project,” Samuda said.

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