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Thwaites disappointed at private sector's contribution to education

Published: Tuesday January 7, 2014 | 6:09 pm Comments 0
Ronald Thwaites – File
Ronald Thwaites – File

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites says he is disappointed about what he says is the lack of input from the private sector in Jamaica’s education transformation.

Thwaites told participants at a Council of Community Colleges’ function today that he's been experiencing this disappointed since taking office two years ago.

In his call for greater investment, he said education is sometimes viewed as a necessary social service, but is denied the focus it deserves as the centre of any sustainable development.

He pointed out that despite the spending of majority of its expendable budget on education, the society appeared far from concerned with the results.

Thwaites stressed that student achievement must be the marker by which expenditure of resources is evaluated.

Meanwhile, the Education Minister said it is important that the education system produces a rounded workforce displaying the skills, attitudes and general behaviour pattern that are conducive to productivity.

He argued that it was unfair for private sector employers to pay the mandatory contribution to the HEART Trust training agency, increased education tax, and then have to carry out expensive and extensive retraining.

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