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Wednesday meeting scheduled to iron out GATE concerns.

Wednesday meeting scheduled to iron out GATE concerns.

Minister of Education Anthony GarciaEducation Minister, Anthony Garcia has confirmed that a special Cabinet meeting will be held on Wednesday to review the controversial task force report on the Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses Programme (Gate)

GATE was introduced by the Patrick Manning government in 2004. Over 190,000 people have benefitted from it so far at a cost of $5.5 billion.

Some $650m was allocated for 2016 Gate.

The present Government made it clear in the 2016 Budget that “a revised Gate programme will be announced in time for the start of the new school term.

The main aim will be to conserve expenditure and to ensure better alignment with the country’s development means.

Government stated it was forced to evaluate the programme and hinted funding would be granted on a needs basis.