GIS – The Government of Saint Lucia has reaffirmed its commitment to continue the book bursary program for the new academic year.
The book bursary program assists 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, said despite the financial cost of the program that has been in existence since 2002, the Ministry of Education will ensure that it can be sustained for years to come.
“The program costs the ministry more than $100,000 every year because we provide textbooks for grades K to grades 6, and the costs of textbooks increase every year, so it is a very costly program. However the ministry strives always to assist parents with textbooks.”
The public assistance program, Lewis added, is also of great importance in providing every child an education.
“Because you will always have situations where people will fall into unfortunate circumstances and need assistance, I hope the ministry continues the program and I hope that parents continue to appreciate the help.”
Every year more than 1500 students benefit from the book bursary program. The textbook distribution will take place over five weeks at the Saint Aloysius R.C. Boys Primary School.