398 Students To Receive Text Books From The Zero Hunger Trust Fund

The Zero Hunger Trust Fund (ZHTF) has today, Thursday July 18th, 2019, commenced the distribution of text- books to three hundred and ninety eight (398) Grade 6 students in 15 primary schools in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.

 The support forms part of a Performance Enhancement and Teaching Support Programme developed by the ZHTF to assist schools from which children have not consistently performed at the required levels at the CPEA exams.

In addition to the provision of text-books, the ZHTF will also supply to each school, computer and related accessories to enable the students to more easily access resources to enhance their learning and research process.

  In cases where the Ministry of Education deems that it is necessary, the ZHTF will provide teaching support to the students.

The Performance Enhancement and Learning Support intervention is funded by the Government of South Korea at a cost of EC$320,000, with the cost of each set of text books approximating $400.00, and the remaining funds going towards the purchase of computer equipment.

The fifteen schools are:

School Student Population

  1. Greiggs Primary 19
  2. Kingstown Anglican 51
  3. Diamond Government 15
  4. Gomea Methodist 25
  5. Sion Hill Government 24
  6. Lowmans Windward 16
  7. Fancy Government 7
  8. Richland Park Government 31
  9. South Rivers Methodist 22
  10. Barrouallie Anglican 27
  11. Belmont Government 26
  12. Mary Hutinchson Primary 15
  13. Sandy Bay Government 41
  14. Kingstown Government 60
  15. Buccament Government 19


  1. Is the absence of textbooks the cause of the under performance of students at the CPEA? Is this a one -off initiative like the one laptop per child project where the sustainability relied on the generosity of allied countries and is not a priority of the Government . Therefore no allocations are made for the reoccurring expense. Many of the rural schools on this list have less than 15 students per teacher at the grade 6 level. If there is such a comparatively ideal ratio, why are these students still underperforming. You take a sample of these students( with the same inattentive parents and all the other socio economic barriers )and place them in particular schools and there is an improvement in performance. At this level where teachers are seen as the sole authority in the eyes of these kids, we have a responsibility to ensure that the authority( teachers) actively demonstrate that they are suitable for the job!!
    Too many in the teaching PROFESSION sit and wait on their paychecks!!!

  2. We spend more on education per capita on students comparatively more than our neighbors. However, the return on investment is discouraging since we students leave school and are still semi functionAL and illiteracy is still the order of the day. There is a stark variance between the best students and the mediocre ones. This is our biggest failure graduating students who cannot function. In the end they add to the delinquency problem and ultimately joined the prison population.

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