Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves. (iWN file photo)

A total of 347 students from 12 primary schools in St. Vincent and the Grenadines will receive cash and book vouchers compliments the Zero Hunger Trust Fund (ZHTF).

On Monday, the students, who are in Grade 3 & 4, will each receive EC$640 and EC$680, respectively.

Speaking during his weekly appearance on NBC Radio on Wednesday, Prime Minister Ralph Gonsalves further said that the students who are promoted to Grade 3 will get an EC$290 book certificate, while those moving to Grade 4 will get one valued at EC$330.

In 2016, the ZHTF “adopted” the kindergarten and grade 1 classrooms of a number of schools because the 2012 census showed they were located in areas with “intractable” poverty, Gonsalves said.

The selected schools are: Barrouallie Anglican, Calliaqua Government, Clare Valley Government, Fancy Government, Lauders Government, Rose Hall Government, Barrouallie Government, Chateaubelair Government, Fair Hall Government, Gomea Methodist, Mayreau Government and the Sandy Bay Government.

The prime minister said: “One of the actionable items in the Zero Hunger Trust Fund policy, their framework, is to review and improve the provision of resources, such as books, uniforms and meals to maximize primary school attendance because education is one ah the ways out ah poverty.”

Gonsalves reiterated that annually he donates to the ZHTF one month’s salary after tax, some EC$9,000.

7 replies on “347 students to get cash, vouchers from ZHTF”

  1. How about we give you the finger and vote NDP for change and progress. How are we going to get anywhere when you squander our most valuable resource, our abundance of healthy youth.

    The country is sick and tired of the same old story every time, the long list of unkept promises. How stupid do you think we are Gonsalves?

    If you have any self-respect you would retire already. Good riddance.

  2. Is this one of the bribery strategy? Only asking. People, take what ever you get, because for the next Four years you will be hungry, but when the day comes, tell them know their place, and get rid of them. My people we deserve a better way of life, don’t be fooled again.

    1. C. ben-David says:

      So, please tell us how the opposition NDP would provide us with “a better way of life” when the party did no such thing when it was in power for over 16 long years?

  3. As he says the “347 students to get cash, vouchers from ZHTF” take note that the rest of this country will still be sucking salt!

    A warning from the history of others is always a god thing to notice! Especially when we are caught up in the said same situation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3D4y8_bXmI

    Never look a gift horse in the mouth but always be aware of what comes next. What follows may not be to your liking.

  4. Leroy harry says:

    Why now election year they giving out cash. Don’t let one hand out make you feel that the government has done you a favour. Think about all the other hard months when paying Bill’s or buying food is a struggle. We need change and we need it now.

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