THA offers grants, uniform mandate

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THA offers grants, uniform mandate

An announcement at the Tobago House of Assembly’s post-Executive Council media briefing at the Calder Hall Administrative Complex yesterday bought relief to some as schools get ready to be reopened next week.

The announcement revealed a relaxation in students’ uniform requirements for the upcoming school term and financial support for maxi-taxi drivers, renters and the tourism sector were all part of a list of initiatives disclosed yesterday.

Speaking during the briefing, Secretary of Education, Research and Technology Zorisha Hackett said while they understand the importance of uniforms, they are also cognizant of the challenges facing parents on the island.

“We have to be mindful of the extended physical absence from schools since March or April of 2020 and the economic challenges faced by our parents…so at the Division of Education, Research and Technology, we are going to mandate that our schools relax the uniform requirements,” she said.

Despite this relaxation, she noted that parents should dress their children in school uniforms where possible.