By Halshane Burke
Educators are calling for the government to increase its subvention to schools.
Linvern Wright, President of the Jamaica Association of Principals of Secondary Schools (JAPSS), said principals have had to make do with the funds provided but this is proving unsustainable.
He pointed to the $150 allocated for each student on PATH as an example of the need for an increase.
Citing the high level of inflation, especially since the COVID-19 pandemic, Mr. Wright noted that maintenance costs, food prices and the cost of stationery have risen while schools continue to receive the same allocation from the government.
He argued that the allocation of between $17,000 and $19,000 per student is inadequate, suggesting that schools are continuously "expected to do more with less", which is unreasonable.
Mr. Wright was speaking Wednesday on the Morning Agenda on Power 106.
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