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Thwaites wants civil society to monitor education system

Ministry of Education | 2013-07-16 00:00:00

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites wants civil society to demand accountability and performance from education players at all levels to ensure optimal returns on the tax dollars invested in the sector.

Speaking Tuesday (July 16) to CEO’s at a breakfast hosted by the Jamaica Employers’ Federation, Minister Thwaites suggested that one way to ensure the public education system performs optimally is for “stakeholder groups to demand accountability and performance from state actors starting with the minister, and including ministry officials, teachers as well as school administrators.”
In this regard, the Education Minister said he would establish a committee comprising members of civil society to monitor the performance of the public education sector in terms of the International Monetary Fund (IMF) targets and the policy priorities set out by the Ministry of Education.
Noting that the details of the 48-month agreement with the IMF was ministry specific, Minister Thwaites highlighted some areas that required implementation by the Ministry of Education. These include:

1. Balancing of student-teacher ratio within and between schools
2. Restructuring the current scholarship programme into separate need-based and merit-based components.
3. Institute greater cost recovery at the tertiary level
4. Improve the funding structure of the student loan scheme to facilitate increased access to tertiary level training.
5. Development of a training initiative to support the logistics hub project

Pointing out that education was critical to economic development Minister Thwaites urged the gathering to play a watchdog role through activism on school boards, and in alumni as well as parent teachers associations.

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