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Jul 3, 2012

Management of secondary schools will remain intact

Patrick Faber

As has been pointed out, the education budget for the current fiscal year has constricted significantly for secondary institutions across the country. A reduction of approximately six hundred thousand dollars between three high schools have been initially reported, cuts that will see Gwen Lizarraga, Sadie Vernon and Belize High School of Agriculture financially strapped.  Despite the downturn, Minister of Education Patrick Faber says that the management of secondary schools will remain intact.  In the case of Gwen Liz, Faber says, it was necessary to compartmentalize the school’s funding to distinguish the day from evening divisions.  In other instances, the annual forecasts did not measure up to the actual enrollment of the schools; therefore, reconfiguring the education budget will now align funds with the number of students per high school.

 

Patrick Faber, Minister of Education

“In November of 2010 the ministry implemented its secondary school finance reform and what that reform measure did basically was to change the way we finance secondary education from paying teachers to paying students.  And as I understand it what happened was that last year’s projection was based on a certain number of students that never materialized and so the figure projected in last year’s budget were higher than they actually materialized to be.  And so this year’s figures are based on what actually the numbers are and so you did see some loss.  But I can assure the public out there that this is not a kind of loss that will hurt the schools operationally.  Also I am told that there are particular concerns about the Gwen Liz High School in general and as I understand it as well the case there is that much of the budget for the evening division, because that was not planned initially, you will remember how that came about, was lumped along with the day school and now that separation is clearly being made.  So it would look like some kind of loss to the day high school but in reality it’s just leveling things out.  So, Isani, at the time of the budget debate of course we will get into all the intricacies.  I ask people to give us time and trust me, whatever needs to be explained in great detail we will do so then.”

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3 Responses for “Management of secondary schools will remain intact”

  1. Storm says:

    Our education will continue to constrict until we have a program for long-term growth and capital investment. New businesses to create good new jobs.

    GOB, whether UDP, PUP, or some reform party, needs to develop policies that invite foreign capital investment, and back up the policies with a credible court system. If you read foreign sources about investment in the Jewel, a common objection is that the court’s lack integrity, which makes investment risky.

  2. Rod says:

    Quit paying gang members and put the money towards education you don’t need your private army barrow .

  3. Eye in the Sky says:

    How is this man a Government Minister in Belize when he is going to university in the USA ?

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