Essequibo mothers protest scrapping of $10,000 cash grant

By Indrawattie Natram

Scores of women on the Essequibo Coast on Thursday converged in front of the Department of Education Building at Cotton Field

Parents gathered in front of the Department of Education in Region Two protesting for the continuation of the “Because We Care” $10,000 grant to their children

Parents gathered in front of the Department of Education in Region Two protesting for the continuation of the “Because We Care” $10,000 grant to their children

in Region Two (Pomeroon-Supenaam) protesting Government’s scrapping of the “Because We Care” $10,000  cash grant initiative.
Parents who chanted “no vouchers, no school” were armed with placards which read, “Unite parents, uniforms for students, meals for students”, “Is this the change? 100-day plan APNU keep your promise, Minister of Education is a sell-out”, “Is this the change to send parents to the street?”, “We want our $10,000 nothing more nothing less”.
The demonstration attracted a large number of parents and was organised by concerned parents.

 

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Original Post
Originally Posted by Cobra:

People protest for what they believe is right. Government don't always have the best answer for family.

People have a right to protest and express their views. What from the article make you conclude that these are ppp supporters? Additionally, some great things start from small steps. Think of the civil rights movement in the US and the Arab Spring in the Middle East.

People do have a right to protest. I am happy to see that the Essequibo police did not harass those protesters yesterday as they had harassed Naith Ram and other rice farmers last year.

With regard to the $10,000 school voucher, it was an open secret that the Ramotar administration initiated it as part of the PPP elections campaign. With a no-confidence vote looming in parliament at that time, the PPP knew that they would have to call elections before the due date in 2016. So they put together a few programmes that included the $10,000 voucher, back pay and salary increases for public servants and disciplined services staff, free bus rides, upgraded and new access roads, first-time electricity supply to residents of Angoy's Avenue in New Amsterdam, etc. And, indeed, I had called them out on these electioneering stunts on this BB.

So, to sum up, the $10,000 voucher was not meant to be a permanent feature of the Education Ministry's activities. And Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine has unearth supporting correspondence in some files he inherited to support this.

Originally Posted by Zed:
Originally Posted by Cobra:

People protest for what they believe is right. Government don't always have the best answer for family.

People have a right to protest and express their views. What from the article make you conclude that these are ppp supporters? Additionally, some great things start from small steps. Think of the civil rights movement in the US and the Arab Spring in the Middle East.

Region Two Chairman Daveanand Ramdatt who held a placard which read “Is this the change to see parents on the street”. Ramdatt was accompanied by Regional Vice Chairman Juliet Cunja and Arnold Adams as well as other Regional Councillors

Originally Posted by Gilbakka:

People do have a right to protest. I am happy to see that the Essequibo police did not harass those protesters yesterday as they had harassed Naith Ram and other rice farmers last year.

With regard to the $10,000 school voucher, it was an open secret that the Ramotar administration initiated it as part of the PPP elections campaign. With a no-confidence vote looming in parliament at that time, the PPP knew that they would have to call elections before the due date in 2016. So they put together a few programmes that included the $10,000 voucher, back pay and salary increases for public servants and disciplined services staff, free bus rides, upgraded and new access roads, first-time electricity supply to residents of Angoy's Avenue in New Amsterdam, etc. And, indeed, I had called them out on these electioneering stunts on this BB.

So, to sum up, the $10,000 voucher was not meant to be a permanent feature of the Education Ministry's activities. And Education Minister Dr Rupert Roopnaraine has unearthed correspondence in some files he inherited to support this.

In the rush to post, I had made a careless error in the last sentence but discovered it after the 15-minutes editing deadline passed. It looks better now.

Perhaps, Admin could extend the 15-minutes deadline to 30 minutes. It used to be 1 hour not so long ago.

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