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JLP criticises Gov't on education moves

Published:Friday | April 27, 2012 | 12:00 AM

THE OPPOSITION Jamaica Labour Party (JLP) has criticised the government for what it described as reneging on promise to give the education sector priority attention.

It was revealed earlier this week that the education budget is not likely to be increased this fiscal year.

Marisa Dalrymple Philibert, opposition spokesperson on education, has also taken issue with a statement by Education Minister Ronald Thwaites that administrators of public schools should gear up to do more with the resources made available to them.

"Last year, the Government allocated just over $70 billion for housekeeping expenses in the education budget, and Mr Thwaites has signalled that spending is not expected to increase in 2012-2013," said a release from Dalrymple Philibert.

She said the signal being sent by the four-month-old Government contradicts the declarations it made prior to assuming office.

Dalrymple Philibert noted that the Portia Simpson Miller-led administration, which was critical of the level of funding to the education sector while in opposition, is now backtracking on previous utterances.

The shadow minister said the Opposition will be insisting that Thwaites act on his promise to place education on the priority list.