Government to Meet Operating Cost of Alpha Centre
Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit, Prime Minister and Minister for Finance, says the Government will commit to meeting the operating cost for Alpha Centre – the school for children with special needs.
The Prime Minister, who visited the school on Friday, March 7, 2014, said the commitment to the Alpha Centre would begin immediately and will be for an indefinite period, taking over the previous monthly subvention of five thousand dollars.
Mr. Skerrit said and I quote, “I feel that these institutions need to be given greater prominence in society because of the work that you do. We can help do so by ensuring you don’t go every month with a sponsor sheet looking for funding. So you will be at ease to know that every month you get the resources to cover your cost,” end quote.
Mr. Skerrit also revealed a special grant for the individual students of the Alpha Centre, which will go towards covering transportation and uniform cost for the students, which is in keeping with Government’s policy to provide the necessary resources which ensure that all students are able to attend school.
Ms. Jean Jacob, Member of the Board of Directors of the Alpha Centre expressed gratitude to the Prime Minister for his visit, stating that this will go a long way in ensuring the school fulfills its mandate to help those with special needs.
During his visit, Prime Minister Skerrit observed the various programmes available at the school, while interacting with the students and faculty.
The Alpha Centre was founded in June 1974 and will celebrate its fortieth anniversary later this year.
The school has a student population of thirty-eight ranging from age six to nineteen, while the staff members include nine full-time and two part-time teachers.