Book Bursary Programme Continues
The Government of Saint Lucia has reaffirmed its commitment to continue the Book Bursary Programme for the new academic year. The Programme will assist infant and primary school students whose parents and guardians are unemployed, needy or medically challenged.
School Welfare Coordinator in the Ministry of Education, Cyrillia Lewis noted that despite the financial cost of the programme, in existence since 2002, the Ministry of Education is committed to ensure that it can be sustained for years to come. “It is a programme that costs the ministry more than $100,000 per year because we provide textbooks for grades K to grades 6 and the cost of textbooks increases every year.”
Each year more than fifteen hundred students benefit from the Book Bursary Programme. The textbook distribution will take place at the St. Aloysius Boys’ R.C. Primary School from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on the following dates for the following districts: August 2 to August 5, 2016 - Districts Three and Four August 8 to August 12, 2016 - Districts Five and Six August 15 to August 19, 2016 - Districts Seven and Eight
Parents and guardians are ask to provide the following: • Last year’s contract, if the child is continuing; • For a new bursary, the bursary form or letter of recommendation; • ID card of parent or guardian; • The child’s report book or a copy of the child’s academic record for each term of the past school year; • The child’s booklist; • Recommendation/referral letter. Recommendation letters may be endorsed by a School Principal, Welfare Officer, Pastor/ Priest, School Counsellor, Family Court, Parliamentary Representative or Department of Human Services.