The Department of Education Georgetown launched the distribution of the School Uniform and Supplies Voucher programme in the Georgetown Education District. The launch ceremony was held today at the Ketley Primary School on Ketley Street, Charlestown.
Assistant Chief Education Officer (Primary) Rabindra Singh said that the voucher programme is one way the Government of Guyana and the Ministry of Education are ensuring that the nation’s children have access to education. He urged parents to use the vouchers for its intended purpose, that is to procure supplies for their children to use as they remain engaged while at home and for the eventual reopening of schools.
Singh also encouraged those present today to speak to other parents in their communities to visit the schools that their children attend to uplift the worksheets provided by the Ministry. He told the parents that the Ministry needs their intervention to ensure children receive the worksheets so that they can use them and have them returned to the schools for teachers to review and grade.
He said that in some cases, it may be difficult for some parents to assist their children with completing the worksheets. However, according to the ACEO (Primary), the students should attempt the work so that teachers can know what help they need if any. He thanked the Ministry of Education and the Government of Guyana for coming on board to assist parents, particularly at this time.
The school uniform and supplies voucher has been doubled in value and now stands at $4,000. Each child in the public school system is entitled to a voucher and their parent can uplift same at the school they attend. In 2021 the Government of Guyana will restart the ‘Because We Care’ cash grant whereby school children will receive $15,000 which will ease the pockets of parents and guardians to support their children and their academic pursuits.