PHILIPSBURG–Utilities company GEBE will be presenting a proposal to government regarding the reduction of electricity cost at schools during the third quarter of this year, Education Minister Wycliffe Smith told Members of Parliament (MPs) on Tuesday.
Smith was responding at the time to a question from an MP regarding lowering the cost of electricity at schools in the country, during the continuation of a plenary public meeting of parliament.
Smith said he had raised the issue about GEBE offering reduced electricity rates to schools during a meeting the Council of Ministers held with the GEBE supervisory board and the management a few weeks ago. GEBE’s management acknowledged that this question had been raised in the past.
“I then requested the management to present government with a proposal that would reduce the high electricity bills at our schools. The management of GEBE indicated that they need some time, but would present a proposal to the government regarding the reduction of electricity cost during the third quarter of this year, 2019,” Smith said.
Tuesday’s meeting was about the effects of the lump-sum subsidy on the Foundation for Academic and Vocational Education (FAVE) and the School Board for Secondary Education SVOBE.