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More Students in Need to Benefit from NCB CSEC National Bursary

0 | 2018-11-07 11:57:00

Over the past 15 years, more than 105,000 students have sat their Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Principles of Accounts (POA) and Principles of Business (POB) exams free of charge with aid from the N.C.B. Foundation (N.C.B.F.). But this year, the Foundation will shift its focus as it seeks to support underprivileged students as well as students island-wide who wish to sit Information Technology at the CSEC level.

For the 2018/19 academic year, the Foundation will no longer offer support to CSEC POA and POB on a large scale. However, it will provide support to students on the Government’s Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) as well as needy students identified by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MOEYI) and their affiliated school. Therefore, students living in households with an income at or below the minimum wage level or who are wards of the State may be eligible for the grant. Students in this category, who maintain a 50 per cent minimum average in POA, POB or IT can apply for this concession.

Also, all qualified students island-wide, and especially needy students or those on PATH will get support for IT. All public and private institutions with a sit rate of 90 per cent or more in that subject area for the last academic year (2017/18) are qualified to apply for this subsidy. Further, all students with an average of 70 per cent or higher in IT from select schools, as well as all PATH or needy students with an average of 50 per cent or higher from any school, are eligible for the programme.

“Based on the diverse demands of the Jamaican workforce and its ability to improve the local economy, we saw the need to revise our decade and a half long CSEC programme,” says Nadeen Matthews Blair, CEO, N.C.B. Foundation. “Coupled with this is our goal of supporting the Government’s 2030 vision ‘Jamaica the place of choice to live, work, raise families and do business’. As a result, we will be evaluating the subjects we support on an annual basis going forward, using emerging career trends, other education industry related data as well as guidance from the Ministry of Education to determine the subjects we will support,” she adds.

N.C.B.F is now appealing to schools across the island to apply for the programme. The applications period is now open and is slated to close on Wednesday, November 14, 2018. School representatives are required to provide the name, address, email address and contact number for its school as well as, information on each student up for consideration for the programme. The school must provide the first and last name, telephone number, individual email address along with the last grade average on file for each student. All applications must be submitted online via the N.C.B.F. website using this link:

Since 2003, the philanthropic arm of the NCB Financial Group has been spearheading this programme in partnership with the MOEYI. To date, the Foundation has awarded over J$154,000,000.00 for over 104,759 student entries for the CSEC POA and/or POB examinations. The joint efforts of the Foundation and the Ministry help to ensure that all students have the opportunity to meet the minimum subject requirement for admission into tertiary level institutions or advance in the world of work.

Did you benefit from this initiative? Did your child or someone else you know, benefit from it? The N.C.B. Foundation wants to know. It is now urging anyone who has benefitted from its programme to post on its Facebook, Instagram and Twitter pages with the hashtag #ncbpaidmyfees and encourage other beneficiaries to the same.

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