Ministry of Education launches cost-cutting initiatives

In an effort to modernise systems within the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, three initiatives were launched to produce a more productive service.

The initiatives were officially launched at the Ministry’s conference room in the presence of the Minister of Education, Anthony Boatswain and other senior staffers within the ministry.

The three initiatives launched were the paperless policy, the best school infrastructural competition and an action plan on literacy and numeracy.

The paperless policy is intended to transform the ministry from paper dominated to a paperless environment using modern technology.

The best school competition is based on a plan for the maintenance of the school’s infrastructure and the action plan on Literacy and numeracy will address the issue of poor performances in Math and English.
Minister Boatswain said the initiatives would reposition the ministry to pay a more active role in the process of economic growth and development.

“The ministry accounts for 11% of total expenditure, approximating $111,000,000 for the 2014 budget so you can understand the significance of this ministry and therefore it is extremely important that the ministry is efficiently managed so that it can be better positioned to fulfill its overall mission which is to provide equitable access to quality education and relevant education to all citizens of Grenada,” he told the ceremony.

“…The ultimate goal being to produce education and skilled citizens capable of making a meaningful contribution to our society. This however, must be done within the context of cost effectiveness, that is to say that we have to (be) mindful of cost,” he said.

According to the senior government minister, given the present financial and economic environment in which “we operate, we have to strive to produce more with less without sacrificing quality in the process”.

Head of the IT Department at the Ministry, Leo Cato who presented the action plan for Literacy and Numeracy said that today’s students are entering highs schools while being unable to read and as a result the Ministry is seeing a dismal performances in Math and English in exams held.

“In St David’s for example, one school sends 84 students to sit the English exam and three of them pass, in St George’s for example another school send 89 students to sit the Maths exam, one student pass, so when you look at this Stats before you in the foreground as the Minister said it is a vexing situation”, he said.

“…If it were a business this would be terrible losses. The liability column would be high because we are not getting returns on the investment in education and because education is a business, the Ministry has decided to take action, to try to fix the problem that exist,” he added.

Cato outlined some of the objectives of the initiative being undertaken as aimed at improving on the delivery of the curriculum with respect to Maths and English and to strengthen training, supervision and monitoring of teachers.

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