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Sep 8, 2014

Faber Says G.O.B. Provides ALL Primary School Textbooks…

Patrick Faber

That will be welcome news for some parents, who’ll be scrutinizing those school fees much more closely now. And there’s also the issue of school books for primary level students. Remember the free textbook program? Well it means that all primary school students across the country get their textbooks free. But many parents get lists from schools with books that need to be purchased. Again, many parents complain, but we go out and buy the books anyway. Well according to Minister Faber, you don’t have to, because all the books your primary school student is required to have will be given to them by G.O.B. 


Patrick Faber, Minister of Education

“Our Ministry under this administration did an extensive consultation, and we came up with the books through consultation with our stakeholders and it was then that we decided these are going to be the books and you should not have – I mean things like maybe an Atlas and a Bible and a Dictionary is understood – but to insist and demand that students get additional textbooks for Mathematics and for Science and for…if parents want to pay for it and they don’t have a problem that’s fine, but it should be optional and it should not be mandatory. They should not be telling parents you have to buy these books because it is against our practice in the Ministry. And certainly if it is going to be the book that they will use…that practice is certainly not encouraged. I get the impression that that is what is happening with the Roman Catholic Schools now. They are saying that the actual textbook that is going to be the reader is the new version of the BRC Reader so you must get it otherwise you will not be able to operate in the classroom. And that is not going to work. We are going to have issues with that if it continues…and I have asked the Chief in fact to write to the Catholic management to say to them that they should discontinue that practice. No parent or child should be told that they should go and buy a book that is contrary to the one that is being provided…in fact they shouldn’t be buying a book for that purpose at all if it is being provided by the Ministry of Education, and that is the required text.”

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1 Response for “Faber Says G.O.B. Provides ALL Primary School Textbooks…”

  1. Timber says:

    You know why the R.C. schools ask for certain textbooks, you ………., because the textbooks deemed by the Ministry of Education is below their standards. I see textbooks from SJC and some of these high schools that are being used in third and fourth form that were used by us in Standards V & VI. The Spanish I learned in high school took me through university in the US because it was taught by two excellent men, Homero Escalante and Stuart Simmons Sr. The level of education is so poor in Belize that it’s despicable to even deal with some of these public officers and worst the policemen, as someone duly noted under one of your domestic abuse captions; the police officer spelled corridor “Curry Door.” My GOD! I have long advocated for classroom and ethics seminars for these policemen. Also, they accuse the PUP of being the forefathers of this money clinic but look at what the UDP has formented over the years. You have become the master of it because it’s only the street types and the ignorant impoverished go to vote for your party due to the fact that they can only count to $50 every two weeks. They go and embarrass themselves for 5 pounds of rice and five pounds of beans and a little can stuff at these clinics. When we were growing up, many parents made stuff to sell to help buy books, pay for uniforms and the difference in tuition. We used to enjoy going to school and asking our fellow classmates if their mothers didn’t send any potato pound or brad pudding or bun to sell. We shared our stuff as well as got our little change from doing homework for some of the dumb-dumb who had money. I go to Belize now and see a lot of these women who don’t know how to nor want to know how to do a darn thing! They know how to dress up on nada and look good while, as my Mother used to say, they don’t have dry !@#$ up their @##@$. I’m surprised at David Leacock for not guiding you in the right direction especially nowing where he was raised

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