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Diaspora Confab: Thwaites says education policies data driven

Published:Tuesday | June 16, 2015 | 11:06 AMGleaner Writer
Ronald Thwaites ... "We are using data to make our decisions ... . Very often our decisions were made based on the basis of crisis, of anecdote of politics or religion."

Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites says policy decisions taken by his Ministry are all data driven, unlike in the past where decisions were usually taken without the backing of empirical data. 

He was addressing attendees during a plenary session on education at the Sixth Biennial Jamaica Diaspora conference a short while ago.

"We are using data to make our decisions ... . Very often our decisions were made based on the basis of crisis, of anecdote of politics or religion. We are not doing that anymore.  We are looking at the outcomes," Thwaites told the conference. 

"Our objective is to add value to every cent being spent.  The purpose of every person in education, every expenditure is adding value. This morning I here make the declaration that if the Minister of Education does not, in his or her role add value, he or she must go!" he added.