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Jul 22, 2013

What does BAPPS think of IDB report on education in Belize?

Last week, we reported on an independent report commissioned by the Inter-American Development Bank that indicated that Belize’s education system is in a crisis. The report said that Belize is at the bottom of the academic ladder in Latin America and the Caribbean despite hundreds of millions of dollars being pumped annually into the system. Today, News Five asked the President of the Belize Association of Principals of Secondary Schools, Maria Johnston, about the report.


Duane Moody

“There was a recent report by the IDB that came out and it said that Belize’s level of education is really in shambles. Where are we when it comes to our level and our standard when compared to those other CARICOM states?”


Maria Johnston

Maria Johnston, President, Belize Association of Principals of Secondary Schools (BAPSS)

“Yes that’s one of the things that also shocked us at the Belize Association of Principals and this morning I did share that I’m pretty sure that the Ministry of Education is going to be addressing that with us and then we will be able to make our contribution as to number one how this data was gathered and how we can work towards improving that. We have our own personally opinions of course. Forty-six percent of our population is now Mestizo and this is an English speaking country—we teach in English, we test in English. So we will be exploring that.”

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6 Responses for “What does BAPPS think of IDB report on education in Belize?”

  1. Jewel in the Toilet says:

    Belize wants to be at the bottom, that is why it RE-elected UDP.
    and no one has the courage to clean house.

    gsu controls the gangs, the gangs controls gob, gob controls gsu.
    udp perfection

    stupid, corrupt and incompetent
    two legged tommy goffs control this jungle.
    come closer for your mordida

  2. concern Belizean says:

    Meaning that mestizo people are stupid or something like that?
    This lady is saying that the problems in education are direct related to the fact that 48% of the students are mestizo, coming from the president of the BAPSS my comments are that we are hopeless in any improvement in the system..
    The very same president of the BAPSS is stating that the mestizo students are unable to understand the classes because a language barrier….what my good friends of CCC, muffles, to mention two great institution in Belize with a 90+% mestizo population in the campus.
    Well Ms. BAPSS president you need to go back to a class room to learn how to be competitive in terms of forming or youths.

  3. jake says:

    My take is 48% need to be taught in Spanish cause they don’t understand English. I live with this in my house, I only English she bilingual you would think our daughter would be fluent in both, BUT mom translates every thing to Spanish like she hates English. So the daughter only gets Spanish. I think mom is protecting her from really learning in school cause she is not there to do the exams. I feel helpless and sorry for our daughter to be taught in this fashion she has very poor English skills so her learning is very limited cause she doesn’t understand what the teacher is saying HOW can she learn?

  4. Common Sense says:

    What about the observation within the report that many Primary School teachers are unable to pass the PSE exams themselves?

    Teacher training is one of the core issues here.

  5. Mar says:

    Just go to the west of the country concerned belizean and see for yourself. Muffles and CCC are the ones who have the statistics up FYI, but we have a serious problem in the west!!!!

  6. Leader not Follower says:

    Jake don’t feel sorry for your daughter. If she wants to learn English, then she should have by now. My daughter speaks only Spanish at home. Her father speaks Creole but she understands, writes and speaks English very well. I guess she interacts a lot with others at school that speak only English. I always encourage her to speak only English at school. Her teachers have been a great help too because they don’t speak in Spanish or Creole when in class.

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