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Gov’t Budgets $635 Million for Tertiary Scholarships

The Ministry of Education and Youth has, this year, budgeted approximately $635 million for scholarships to assist students to pursue tertiary education.

The was disclosed by Permanent Secretary, Dr. Kasan Troupe, who attended the opening ceremony for the second staging of the Ministry’s Tertiary Education Recruitment Drive at the National Stadium on Friday (April 26).

“I want our students to know that through the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service, the Ministry of Education and Youth has been resourced with financial support of approximately $635 million in our budget to assist this year with scholarships,” she said.

Students may visit [email protected] for details on how to apply for scholarships.

The portal, which has been open since April 1, closes on June 30.

Dr. Troupe told JIS News that of the sum, $200 million will be allocated to provide financial assistance for tertiary education through the constituency framework.

“We have taken a strategic decision to… make sure there is a spread right across the country by [giving help to students] through the constituency framework. So the Members of Parliament have an opportunity to [assist]; they can refer students [who] come into their area and need assistance.

The constituency base is a place they go to for help; so they have enabled that base to help our students to pursue their dreams,” she added.

The Education Ministry has commenced implementing the Jamaica Education Transformation Commission’s recommendations for the overall improvement of the public education system. One such focus area is tertiary education.

The Ministry’s Tertiary Unit has partnered with the Public Higher Education Institutions (PHEIs) to host a series of recruitment drives under the theme: ‘On the Road to Unlocking Your Future… Join the Tertiary Recruitment Drive’.

The objectives of the exercise are to support increased access to tertiary education for Jamaicans, to expose students to the programme offerings of the PHEIs.

The drive, which runs from April 19 to May 3, will showcase these offerings with the aim of increasing enrollment numbers in the PHEIs.