URP restores benches at Scarborough RC School

Close to 100 school benches for the Scarborough RC School are being restored by the Furniture Workshop Team, Unemployment Relief Programme (URP) in preparation for the new school term.

The URP says it's part of ensuring the safety of students remains a top priority for the programme.

A statement by the THA Division of Infrastructure, Quarries and the Environment, says much attention is given to inspecting the stock of benches and ensuring that safety standards are observed. 


Imbert meets with principals of private schools today

Finance Minister Colm Imbert holds a second meeting with principals of private secondary schools today and principals are hoping that the meeting will finally bring resolution to their request for a fee increase.

The Government has been paying $1,200 per child per term for students which they assign to the private secondary schools, but school officials say they are in millions of dollars of debt because the money they have been receiving from the state is just not enough.

Cabinet committee meets today on private school fees

The Private Schools Association says it stands ready to meet with Education Minister Anthony Garcia and his team to hear what proposal is on the table on the issue of the fee increase which they have requested for students assigned by the government to private schools.

The school year ended last Friday with a virtual stand-off between the Education Ministry and the principals of the private schools, with many of the seven schools not yet in receipt of payments owed to them by the Ministry of Education for the term just ended.

Education Minister says increase in private school funds fair request

Private schools will know how much more the state will be paying per student by the end of next week.

The schools which have an agreement with the education ministry to take in students after SEA exams are currently paid $1200 per student each term, the private institutions are now asking for $5700.

The sum has not been adjusted since 2005. 

The education minister agrees that an increase is a fair request and has since forwarded the matter to cabinet. 

Mr. Garcia said the matter is engaging the finance and general purpose committee.