Executive member of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Randal Robinson believes that the results now being seen in the various school exams at all levels is due to the investment of the former Tillman Thomas-led government in the nation’s teachers.
Robinson, the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of Congress made the statement while addressing a public meeting held at Woburn, St. George’s last week Wednesday night.
He said that a number of teachers got an opportunity to obtain a First Degree during the rule of Congress between 2008 and 2013.
He stated that when Thomas’ NDC took office only nineteen percent of the teaching population had a First Degree, and by the time the party lost the election in February 2013 the number grew to fifty percent.
“The NDC recognised… that the only way we could get this country up and going is to educate our people,” he said.
According to the NDC PRO, the fruits of the investment made in the teachers are reflective in the results of the 2016 Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) results.
Robinson also pointed to the free school books programme started by NDC as another fillip to the growth of the education system on the island.
He said the programme resulted in parents making huge savings in purchasing books especially those who might have as many as three children attending school at the same time.
Deputy Political Leader of Congress, Joseph Andall who also addressed the public meeting accused the ruling New National Party (NNP) government of Prime Minister Dr. Keith Mitchell of discriminating against him.
Andall who has been engaged in teaching for all of his working life made mention of an incident in which he was approached to do some translation and interpreting of the Spanish Language for the Government of Grenada and private citizens.
He said he noticed that in recent years people were hardly bringing documents to him for translation.
According to Andall, about two months ago he was approached by a young man to get some documents translated from English into Spanish.
He said arrangements were made for the person to deliver the document to him, and he (Andall) received a message from the individual informing him that the Scholarship Desk in the Ministry of Education instructed him that Cabinet has appointed only two persons on the island to do its translation.
“So you understand the wicked and vindictive nature of Keith Mitchell and his Cabinet who believe that if you are a political opponent you have no right to earn a living in this country legally,” he told the gathering.
THE NEW TODAY understands that one of the persons retained to do translation is the principal of a major learning institution on the island while the other is a government employee.