By Devonne Cornelius
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN) — Following the December 15, 2020, budget address, by Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Dr. Timothy Harris, the Ministry of Education in St. Kitts and Nevis has been provided with more than $103 million for the fiscal year 2021 to carry out its duties and responsibilities.
$75.2 million has been allocated for recurrent programmes and $28.8 million for capital expenditure and additional funding for scholarships.
Prime Minister Harris said these financial resources will assist the ministry to continue to build the resilience and support systems necessary to improve the delivery of quality education.
“The Ministry of Education will advance the implementation of the 2017 – 2021 Education Sector Plan and try to make up lost ground as a result of the pandemic. The Ministry will continue its efforts to improve the quality and relevance of teaching and learning across the education system.”
The Prime Minister gave the commitment of his administration that they will continue to support citizens of St. Kitts and Nevis in achieving tertiary education.
“For 2020 so far, we have expended close to $10 million to assist our students at UWI, UVI and Monroe College, Cuba and elsewhere in their pursuance of studies. This high level of support will continue in 2021”
In the budget address for 2020, on December 12, 2019, Prime Minister Harris made available $74.7 million for the Ministry of Education to carry out its recurrent programmes and activities.