Computer grant programme reopened

January 13, 2021

Less than 50 per cent of the 36,000 children targeted for government subsidy in the purchase of laptops on tablets have been able to successfully apply for the grant.

The programme, which is for struggling families that are not on PATH (Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education), offers a $20,000 grant for persons who must apply to the education ministry.

Fayval Williams, the minister of education, in a statement to Parliament yesterday, said that many persons have been having problems accessing the programme because of issues with their Student Registration Number and their Taxpayer Registration Number (TRN).

She said that the programme, which was closed on December 31, will be reopened.

"Because we want all 36,000 families to have a device in the home, we will reopen the Own Your Own Device programme on Monday, January 18, 2021 to give others, especially those having the TRN or SRN issue, a chance to have the ministry work with them on those issues," Williams said.

The minister said that persons will soon begin to get the $20,000 eVouchers with the names of the approved vendors from whom to purchase tablets or laptops. There are 13 approved vendors spanning 101 locations across the island.

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