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Jul 16, 2013

More challenges revealed by IDB report on Belize’s education system

As we reported on Monday, the results of a recent study published by the Inter-American Development Bank on challenges being faced within the education sector indicate that Belize is underperforming in comparison with other countries in Latin America and the Caribbean.  In addition to outdated instructional models and materials still in use, teachers rely heavily on presentation and repetition, particularly in the area of math, where procedures, drills, practice and memorization of concepts are often combined.  As a result, students are too consumed copying from the chalkboard and entering numbers into formulas instead of participating in activities that may aid in the development of analytical and critical-thinking skills.  Clearly, the multiethnic diversity of the Belizean society is not reflected in the curricula.  Subsequently, students do not engage in the lessons being taught because they are not specialized to meet their distinct needs.  According to the IDB report, the issue Belize is currently struggling with is not an isolated case.  In fact, evidence from other countries suggests that there is little connection between the levels of public spending and academic achievement.  What is equally unfavorable is that government’s course of action has been centered on pumping more monies into the education system with little attention to improving its institutional setup.  Taking into consideration that wages and salaries represent over eighty percent of the total expenditures, the huge increase in teacher employment has led to a significant rise in public spending on education.

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4 Responses for “More challenges revealed by IDB report on Belize’s education system”

  1. Ah Mi Tell Unu says:

    How can teachers be effective educators when they impart little information during the
    day and then scramble off to university to take courses towards their degrees at night?
    This form of education can never replace a structured “Teacher’s College”.

  2. Educated Dunce says:

    How effective can the teaching and learning cycle be when many teachers rush off to University each day to take courses for their own degrees? A structured “Teachers College” where educators take complete time off from teaching needs to be re-established if we are to improve our Educational System.

  3. Firebrand says:

    I remember; do you remember when teachers were properly trained with the current teaching strategies and methods in a training school? Do you remember when you could spot a teacher anywhere in a crowd based on his/her moral and ethical behavior? Do you remember when parents respected teachers enough to leave the discipline of their children in the teachers’s hands? Do you remember parents’ response to a report of misconduct by their child? Do you remember teachers making house visits to show that they cared? Do you remember when students actually studied and did homework? Do you remember when parents did not have to spend all the family monies on school tuition and costs? Man, I miss those days when they had remedial classes to help the struggling and when cousins, brothers, and others were involved in the education of a child. Thanks brothers, your little brother is doing well but what about the others. It is a collective responsibility or else these uneducated children will be making decisions on the our future.

  4. Young Gial says:

    We have not hear or gotten a response on this matter from Mr. Patric Faber. I think as the Minister of Education, he should be responding to these reports and letting the people know what is going on and what are his thoughts and plan of action. Just my two cents.

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