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Contact: Kerwin Xavier


Wednesday 20 April 2011    In keeping with the philosophy espoused by the late Nobel Laureate for Economics, Sir Arthur Lewis, that “the cure for poverty is not money but education,”  Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Hon. Stephenson King allocated over 50 million dollars to the Education Sector in the 2011/2012  budget in a quest to  prepare the future generation to cure poverty.  


“This sector is pivotal to our development agenda.  Emphasis will not only be placed on physical structure but also on enhancing the quality of education. Under the Basic Education Enhancement Project (BEEP) funding to the tune of $EC37.9 million, from the Caribbean Development Bank, will be used to upgrade the learning environment at primary and secondary schools and improving the quality, efficiency and effectiveness in the sector through institutional strengthening and capacity building,” the prime minister said.


According to Prime Minister King over 15 million dollars will be spent in this financial year on Integrated Communication Technologies in all schools thus preparing students not just for the world of work, but for the many global challenges.


“The Information Communications Technology ICT  Project costing $EC16.2 million will be implemented. This project will lead to, among other things, curriculum reform to integrate ICT in teaching, learning and assessment, capacity building for the Ministry of Education to facilitate the management and maintenance of ICT, and the rehabilitation of ICT spaces in HRD centres in select communities to provide the necessary skills in order to increase competitiveness in the job market.”


Additionally, Prime Minister King announced initiatives aimed at providing financial support to economically deprived students.

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