Grant scheme for private schools
A grant scheme for private independent schools, announced in the Budget, was formally unveiled this morning by Finance Minister Tonio Fenech and Education Minister Dolores Cristina.
The government will be giving the schools €1m a year in grants for staff training, sports and technological upgrading including software licences.
Eligible for the financial assistance will be schools which have carried out upgrading projects since last January 1. The grants may reach the equivalent of €95 per kindergarten pupil, €145 per pupil in primary school and €170 per pupil in secondary.
The government is also continuing to give tax rebates to some 4,400 parents. They range from €1,300 to €2,300 per student depending on the school year.
The grant scheme was unveiled when the ministers visited St Martin College in Swatar, where they were shown around by Bernie Mizzi, director. She said such support was vital for the schools to continue to develop without raising their fees any higher.