PNP Accuses Govt of Misplaced Educational Priorities

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The Opposition People’s National Party is accusing the Government of having misplaced priories in its approach to funding the education sector.

Yesterday Prime Minister Andrew Holness, announced plans to make secondary education a right under Jamaican Law.

Opposition Spokesman on Education, Ronald Thwaites, says while he welcomes the proposal, the focus should be on early childhood education.

Mr. Thwaites says he welcomes the announcement made in parliament yesterday by Prime Minister Holness that there’ll be an increase in the funding provided to secondary schools.

However the Opposition Spokesman says ideally the funds should have been spent on investing in the early childhood and primary section of the education system.

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Mr. Thwaites says the administration is approaching the problem of education in an illogical manner.

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Prime Minister Holness told parliament yesterday that his administration will make it illegal to deny a child access to secondary education.

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Thwaites, says he supports the initiative by Prime Minister Holness who’s also a former Education Minister. But Mr. Thwaites says the announcement by the Prime Minister raised more questions than answers.

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In the meantime, Education Minister Ruel Reid, is rejecting Minister Thwaites suggestion that the Government is neglecting the early childhood and primary section of the Education system.

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Minister Reid was addressing the Post Cabinet media briefing at Jamaica House today.

He says strides made in registering Early Childhood Institutions are reflective of the Government’s appreciation of the importance of investing in improving that section of the system.

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Minister Reid says the Early Childhood Commission, ECC, has also begun the process of certifying approximately 2,500 additional ECI’s.

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