The Ministry of Education has committed $380-million to the roll-out of the Expanded Pilot Rural Transportation Project for the upcoming school year.
The Ministry had committed $200-million to implement the first year of the programme last year.
Now in its second year, it’s being implemented in the rural sections of twelve parishes, excluding Kingston and St. Andrew.
Speaking with JIS News recently, Coordinator for the Project, Richard Troupe, says about 7,500 children on the Programme of Advancement through Health and Education, PATH, are to benefit. He says they’ll be impacting 260 schools, up from 92 schools last year.
Troupe says they’re also focusing on primary schools, especially in St. Mary and St. Ann.
The programme is also open to children with special needs, regardless of whether or not they’re on PATH.
High school students are allocated $300 per day, while primary school students are allocated $200 daily. He says in some cases, it covers the full cost for the child’s transportation from home to school.
Mr. Troupe said participating primary and secondary schools are now in the process of selecting children for the programme.
The Ministry is also partnering with registered route taxis and bus operators to provide transport services for children who experience difficulties accessing public transportation.