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2016 National Budget Presentation, Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine, Honourable Minister of Education

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2016 National Budget Presentation
Dr. Rupert Roopnaraine, Honourable Minister of Education

INTRODUCTION

As we in the Ministry of Education under the APNU+AFC government embarks upon its first full calendar year of operations, it inevitably continues to be partially in diagnostic mode as we “go ahead with what works and discard what does not”, as I promised we would in my 2015 budget speech.

As we forge ahead, we remain cognizant of the immediate past state of the education system, the course of which we must change for the good of the nation. We remain cognizant of, to list some critical shortcomings of the system we inherited:

  1. the past neglect of tertiary education;
  2. the significant appropriations, the returns on which were often far from optimal;
  3. the mismatch of appropriations with the articulated plans;
  4. the gap between programme rationalizing and programme implementation;
  5. politically motivated decision-making, and coercion and intimidation of professionals; and
  6. the hyping of the stellar performance of a few in contrast to and arguably to disguise generally poor and declining results overall.

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