“Education is Everyone’s business”, Faber tells Orange Walkenos Print E-mail
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Thursday, 07 June 2012 00:00

Patrick Faber speaks with Education StakeholdersOn May 28, the Hon. Patrick Faber, Minister of Education, Youth and sports met in Orange Walk Town with education stakeholders including managers, principals, teachers and students at the Gala Lounge.

The meeting began at 6:00 p.m., sharp. According to Minister Faber, the purpose of the meeting was to inform the community of the major accomplishments the Ministry has had over the past four years and also to inform what it plans on achieving over the upcoming four years.

At the very beginning of the meeting, Faber mentioned that education is “everyone’s business” and reiterated the statement throughout the meeting.

The implementation of the Teacher’s Service Commission, the Education and Training Act 2010, the removal of corporal punishment and the implementation of the 300-dollar student subsidy were among some of the major accomplishments  achieved by the Ministry.

Also, over the last four years, the Ministry had undertaken initiatives, along with stakeholders so as to ensure that every child begins to attend school as early as possible, and investment in teacher education.

According to Faber, GOB invests in excess of 25% of the national budget in the Education sector and that at present, there are almost 100 thousand students enrolled in schools at all levels, which is almost twice than the figures in 1990.

Also, presently there are close to 5,000 teachers and 541 schools.

 And while GOB is spending 190 million in education, there are still problems such as crime, violence and poverty, he mentioned and that fixing these is a collective job.

So what to expect for the upcoming years?

For the upcoming years, Faber spoke about a strategic plan - a time frame that will increase equitable access in all levels of education.

The plan is accompanied by a large monetary investment.

The strategic plan can be viewed and downloaded on the Ministry’s website. In Orange Walk, there are 38 primary schools and 6 high schools.