The education sector has been allocated a whopping $52.2B for 2019, representing a 15.6 per cent increase over its 2018 allocation.
Finance Minister Winston Jordan said that the allocation is to address disparities in the education sector such as bridging the gap between coastal and hinterland education delivery; eliminating the shortage of books in the classroom for effective learning; and monitoring sector achievements.
“We plan significant and inclusive investments, from nursery to university level: investment in analytical work, curriculum reform, Robotics, Artificial Intelligence (AI), the teaching of STEAM subjects (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics), and investing in facilities for our youths to be ready for the changing nature of work in an increasingly digital era,” he told the House during the presentation of the 2019 National Budget.
According to the Finance Minister, there will be an expansion in initiatives such as the distribution of math and literacy kits, as well as distribution of robotic kits at the primary and secondary levels. This, he explained, will enhance not only the ICT skills of students but “will also impact positively on their mathematical and general critical thinking skills.”
He said this is important for both their economic growth and development and self-actualisation.
Meanwhile, Minister Jordan said that $5.4B has been allocated for the construction, rehabilitation, extension and maintenance of educational facilities across the country.
The government will, this year, advance works on secondary schools including those at Westminster, St. Roses, Port Kaituma, Wakapoa and Bladen Hall Multilateral.
Further, nursery and primary schools including those at Chenapau, Mahdia, Diamond/Grove, Bagotville and White Water will benefit from improved physical conditions and additional classroom spaces for students.