Minister for Education, Frank Alexis-Bernadine is in defense of Finance Minister Nazism Burke’s handling of the country’s finance.
Addressing hundreds of graduates at the T. A. Marryshow Community College two weeks ago, the education minister responded to statements made by Principal of the College, Jeffrey Britton regarding government’s decision to cut the institution’s budget without explanation as the on-going debate over the College’s plan to increase fees at the start of the new academic year continues.
Mrs Bernadine assured TAMCC’s faculty that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration is resolute to finding solutions to TAMCC’s financial challenges but reminded them that the global economic reality is impacting the local economy. Mrs. Bernadine has expressed concern in raising fees at the college at a time when parents are finding it difficult to send their children to school and meet other obligations.
She said that the decision to increase TAMCC fees must first go before the Cabinet and that was not done.
The senior government minister said Burke has been doing his best to keep the Grenadian economy afloat and guiding them through this process. “He is a highly respected finance minister within our region,” she said.
Mrs Bernadine urged them to stick to the facts. “You know the reality and must therefore stick to the facts and not allow politics to distort the realities with promises from people who say they can do better because they can’t,” she said.
She urged them to forge ahead despite the challenges and become creative so that at the end of the recession they can move forward. She reminded all that the Ministry of Education receives the largest disbursement in the budget but “the money is never enough”. She suggested that they learn from the University of the West Indies’ (UWI) expertise to help deal with TAMCC’s financial challenges.