Chart of the Week: 3% for the Infants

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For this week’s Chart of the Week we have a look at the allocations within the Ministry of Education Budget. diGgers take note of those first three short stumps in the left hand corner of the chart, if you are were not keen you may have missed them, they represent the allocations to the Early Childhood Development sector.

Early Childhood Development is concerned with the development of children up to age 5. The institutions involved are Day Care Centres, Basic Schools, Infant Schools and Infant Departments of Primary and All Age Schools.

Did you know that of the J$76 billion 2013/14 budget of the Ministry of Education, Early Childhood Development is assigned only a mere 3%. However, small and dismal the J$2.5 billion may seem, the allocations for 2013/2014 to the early childhood sector actually represents an increase of 5% over 2012/2013 and 12% over 2011/2012 allocations.

The increase in provisions to the sector is related to nutrition grants. On Wednesday of this week, Agriculture Minister Roger Clarke, announced that come September the long awaited school feeding programme will be rolled out, he was speaking at a Gleaner Editors’ Forum.

If you are interested in diGging a little deeper check out the Ministry of Education’s Recurrent Budget.