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Free school transportation better than GY$10,000 cash grant- govt MPs

Government parliamentarian, John Adams.

Government parliamentarians on Tuesday defended the decision to scrap the GY$10,000 yearly cash grant to parents that had been provided by the then People’s Progressive Party Civic (PPPC)-led administration, and instead said the provision of free school transportation was more valuable.

President David Granger, since coming to power in May 2015, has been pushing greater access to educational opportunities by among other strategies, the Five Bs initiative- Buses, Boats, Bicycles, Breakfast and Books.

Region Three (West Demerara-Essequibo Islands) parliamentary representative, John Adams said none of the PPPC parliamentarians highlighted the Five Bs initiative while they on Monday criticised the failure of the government to reintroduce the GY$10,000 grant.

“Our children are going to school free of cost under this APNU (A Partnership for National Unity) government; whether buses, boats or bicycles, they are going there. Ten thousand dollars per school year only they (PPPC-led government) were giving them, now they (students) are going to school free of cost,” he said.

Similar sentiments were expressed by Region 10 (Upper Demerara- Upper Berbice) parliamentary representative,

Government parliamentarian, Jermaine Figuera

Jermaine Figuera in his 2017 budget debate arguments.  He said money has been set aside to purchase another school bus to further improve transportation of school children, “thus reducing the hindrance of acquiring a good education.”

“This is a much better trade-off than the once a year ten thousand grant to the parent. All year round, students would be transported free on time to and from school. Mr. Speaker, when the investment in transportation is costed against the impact of education delivery, no ten thousand (dollar) per child grant from the PPP can withstand the test of time,” he said.

The cash-grant per child had been introduced in 2014 for each child to support parents to support parents of school-age children to increase their disposable income and boost enrollment and attendance rates.

  • Col123

    So how many of these free Transportation systems are available around the country?…and really! WHAT the HELL is free in this WORLD????…who is responsible for maintenance, gas…and who are the folks getting a kickback….

    • brain dead idiot

      are you accusing the government of being corrupted ? shame on you these are free maintenance buses and boats and cycles they cost less than $10,000 to run they drive by themselves ,repair themselves,wash themselves ect so please don’t go against our government they are all angels in shining white coats.

  • Faadaah Chrissmuss !

    walk is good exercise = healthy … no obese kids

  • Faadaah Chrissmuss !

    studit questians

  • Faadaah Chrissmuss !

    good decision
    people collect d muny and d picknees don’t attend school

  • rs dasai

    Cleve
    Great comparisons to ‘modern,progressive societies. We can be like them’

    • CleveM

      Absolutely! We can if those greedy, inept politicians can think less of themselves and just a “tad” about the people whom they are supposed to serve