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Jul 11, 2012

Budget not empty on education says Faber

Patrick Faber

The budget debate continues on Thursday. And while much has been said about the re-alignment of funds within the education budget, Minister of Education Patrick Faber announced during his presentation that primary and secondary school teachers in the Stann Creek District will also benefit from approximately two hundred and fifty thousand dollars which have been set aside for Continued Professional Development.  The program, he says, will greatly assist in the qualification of all teachers and will come at no cost to them, an initiative that is considered unprecedented.

 

Patrick Faber, Minister of Education

“The teachers of this country Mister Speaker have never ever before received the kinds of assistance from a government to aid in their own professional development; never happened before. Two hundred and twenty-five thousand dollars Mister Speaker is being allotted for Continuous Professional Development, CPDs for the teachers under this budget. But you think that dah all we spend on the teachers? And say it ain’t so brother member from Stann Creek West; say it ain’t so brother member from Dangriga. Under this administration, you can attest to it, and with the support of the European Union’s Banana Support program, there is a training program that is going to see—listen carefully—never been done before in the history of this country; one hundred percent trained teachers in the Stann Creek District at the high school and the primary school level. And Mister Speaker, I may have forgotten the most important bit of information; it comes to the teachers for not a dime—free, free, free.”

 

News Five will follow the budget debate as it starts at ten a.m. in Capital.

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6 Responses for “Budget not empty on education says Faber”

  1. Storm says:

    It’s good if true.

    But my red flag goes up when a minister promises something is “free, free, free.” In economics nothing is free — if it is allocated to one need, it is not available for another. And everything the government spends comes from somewhere — and it’s not from the government.

    Don’t overpromise and underperform, Hon. Faber.

  2. Rod says:

    So if it is so good why is it that education is the lowest in the history of Belize they got mo dunce pupils in schools now than at any other time in the history of this nation.

  3. weallknow says:

    WEH DO THIS MAN YA….. HE GO ON LIKE EVERYBODY NOH KNOW WEH HE DO THEM GYAL FIH GIVE AWAY SCHOLARSHIP…. WHO NOH KNOW THIS BLIND TO THE WORLD, HOW IS IT EEN POSSIBLE THAT HE IS STILL IN THE G.O.B. #SHCOLARSHIP RAPIST

  4. Mark menzies says:

    Faber is the best minister of education the country has ever seen. Instead of tearing down you should help to solve our problems. I find the comment about the scholarship rapist hilarious. He would have to be screwing thousands of males and females

  5. Belizean says:

    AMEN @ Mark Menzies.. “weallknow” certainly made a laughing stock of himself. I myself would say as well that Mr. Faber is the brightest and most promising Ed Minister I have ever seen in this country. Solid sense, is what he displayed and shared!

  6. Bates says:

    It’s not “free free free”: the teachers on the primary teacher training project pay $100 per semester, and the teachers on the secondary teacher training project pay for their transport to and from class, and not all teachers enrolled, and not all teachers pass all the classes, so not 100% will be trained. So basically, not true!

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