Final preparations are underway for the start of this year’s School Uniform Grant Programme, as training of workers has commenced.
The Ministry of Education and Sports says this year’s programme will run from July 4 to September 2.
Officials say that employee training began on Monday, June 27, and will run for one week in the areas of data entry; customer service; and ethics, before distribution of the uniform vouchers takes place, next week, at the Multi-Purpose Cultural and Exhibition Centre.
Supervisor of the programme Tanesha Mckenzie-James says, this year, the Ministry will be offering both face-to-face service and the drop-box option, with the latter being available at the distribution centre at Perry Bay.
Mckenzie-James says that having two options will allow the programme to be more convenient to beneficiaries and reduce the time it takes to complete the process.
Additionally, parents and guardians whose names are already in the programme’s database will be required only to present the ID they used in the past.
However, the requirements are different for those accessing the programme for the first time. Mckenzie-James says new registrants should submit the child’s birth certificate, the acceptance letter from the school, and an ID for the parent.
Those utilizing the drop box are asked to attach the relevant photocopied documents to the application form for the new student.
Where transfers are concerned, until the process is complete and a letter is granted to that effect, beneficiaries should not access the programme, Mckenzie-James advises.
Meanwhile, officials will be supplying information on new and existing vendors where uniform vouchers can be redeemed.
The School Uniform Grant is a social programme introduced by the United Progressive Party Administration and is now in its 17th consecutive year.