Sun | Dec 4, 2016

Foolish move to slash education budget

Published:Tuesday | February 24, 2015 | 12:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Monday morning when I scanned through The Gleaner and saw the headline 'Government reduces funding to education by $2.5 billion', to my amazement, I nearly turned over a hot cup of tea on myself. I had to look twice. What the hell is the Government doing?

Education is one of the most important areas the Government should be focusing on right now, but instead is neglecting it. Is it because children cannot vote? My forecast is that more children will be asked to carry water to flush the school toilet, and more parents will be asked to take up the burden of funding school essentials.

The school that my child attends is barely managing under the circumstances, and several times in this academic year, the institution has had to undertake fundraising events to stay afloat. Can you now imagine what will happen now that $2.5 billion is going to be slashed from the already inadequate amount? Is this good governance?

It is totally unacceptable, and Dr Peter Phillips should go back to the drawing board, because taking $2.5 billion from the education system is a foolish move.

GORDON SEATON

Montego Bay, St James