Ministry Executive Meets With NAPSPA
Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION
Education Towers, No.5 St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Ministry Executives Meets With NAPSPA
Members of the Strategic Executive Team of the Ministry of Education, inclusive of the Honourable Anthony Garcia Minister of Education and Dr the Honourable Lovell Francis Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, met with representatives of the National Primary Schools Principals Association (NAPSPA) this morning as the Ministry continues its thrust toward continuous stakeholder engagement. Arising from the meeting which addressed an agenda of safety and security, maintenance, furniture and funding, the issue of direct funding which was recently raised by the Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers’ Association (TTUTA) was addressed. Out of this meeting the standing of payments to primary schools was clarified.
As at May 2018 all Government Primary Schools have received one hundred percent (100%) of allocations and releases for school repairs and maintenance-building. One hundred percent (100%) of the allocation and fifty percent (50%) of releases for stationery and supplies has also been received. The Boards of Management of denominational primary schools have received grants for Terms I and II, and currently the Ministry is processing grants for term III. The Ministry is awaiting the release of funds for direct funding to be paid to denominational schools which is to be used for stationery, student supplies, toiletries, and cleaning supplies.
Funding to primary schools is done in two ways and is different for government and denominational schools. Government primary schools receive allocations under two (2) votes; repairs and maintenance- building and office stationery and supplies. These two allocations are made annually and it is the principal’s responsibility to receive these notifications of allocations and releases from the Finance and Accounts Division via the Education District Offices. Denominational primary schools receive grants on a termly basis. The grants are divided into two (2) parts; a cleaning and maintenance grant and direct funding. The direct funding would be used for stationery, toiletries, cleaning supplies and student supplies. Grants for denominational schools are paid to the Boards of Managements of the schools and the Boards are responsible for ensuring that the relevant grant and in the amount allocated to the relevant school is disbursed in accordance with the payment.
Coming out of the meeting Minister Anthony Garcia stated “This meeting is but one example of how we must continue to work together to ensure that the information that makes its way to the public is verified and truthful. Today we have been able to address concerns, chart a way forward and reinforce trust between the Ministry and one of our critical stakeholders.”
Released on 25th May, 2018
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