Minister for education addresses book list revision

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Minister for education addresses book list revision
Castries South MP and Education Minister Dr. Robert Lewis.
Education Minister Dr. Robert Lewis


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Minister for Education, Human Resource Development and Labor, the Hon. Dr. Robert Lewis is considerate to the needs of parents and students.

In his statement to the House of Assembly on August 19, he addressed the issue of the recently undertaken book list review.

Minister Lewis said that the primary and secondary school book lists are reviewed every five years, but because no review was done in 2010, his ministry commissioned the latest review. At the conclusion of the review, it was decided to preserve the primary school book list and to make changes at the secondary school level.

According to Dr. Lewis the changes at the secondary school level were needed because the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has been adding subjects to the curriculum over the last ten years.

The education minister said that although students were prepared to write the subjects, no set textbooks were assigned. In the new scheme of operations, students will be properly equipped with the necessary knowledge and texts to help them succeed in future exams.

Dr. Lewis said that every care and consideration was taken with the changes made to the secondary school booklist. He added that his ministry understands the concerns with the cost of the new book lists but underscores that the secondary school bursary program and the school transport subsidy program, among others, are in place to help alleviate the financial burden on students, parents and guardians.

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  1. Probably Dr. Lewis would be more suited to address the state of his constituency with the amount of garbage that is along all the roads in and out of the place. The place is absolutely filthy.

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  2. The government of St. Lucia should supply all school books for children free of charge and have them on the desk for the first day of school......

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  3. those moronisters(no apology for the insult)realy treat ppl like idiots.The mere fact that u have been bestowed the title of doctor has me and my fellow Lucian expecting some higher level of intelligence and compassion from you. you are saying that a complete overhaul/change of all the books being used currently was needed because new subject areas were added to the curriculum. Considering the financial flogging we are taking these days wouldn't it have been more prudent to use the current books for the existing subjects and add only new books for the added subjects..with dem fellas in charge ...WHOLE CHEW NOO PAR BON ..NOO PWI EN SA

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  4. I WOULD APPRECIATE IT VERY MUCH IF DR. LEWIS WOULD JUST GET HIS FACTS RIGHT AND STOP MAKING PARENTS THINK THAT THEY CAN GET BOOKS FROM SECONDARY SCHOOL BURSARY.I THINK HE KNOWS VERY WELL THAT THERE IS NO BOOK RENTAL IN ANY OF THE SECONDARY SCHOOLS. ALL BOOKS WERE CHANGED AND THE MINISTRY DID NOT RE- ISSUE ANY BOOKS FOR BURSARY. ARE WE SUPPOSED TO RENT THE BOOKS THE STUDENTS CAN NO LONGER USE?

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  5. Mr. Minister you have not said why the list was changed; rather you justified adding to the list, which is fine. I think that there is a significant difference between the two. If the excuse was that it is CXC, then why is it in 2010 the government of the day could have decided to not change list? It follows, I think, that you Mr. Minister and government could have decided NOT to change the list at this time and wait until 2015 when the review is due (yes you said every 5 years and the last was 2010). It seems this change was for the 2010 review, so now, should we expect another change in 2015 when the review is conducted?

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  6. I agree. the list should have been out to those bookstores earlier because look now i cannot get all the books for my son

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  7. Could some one tell DR. Lewis the this is not a time to blame....what is key tough is that the list should have been out to those bookstores earlier....

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    • A question for Robert Lewis: Why weren't parents informed of this change in the textbooks at least a year ago so better preparation could have been made for this year?

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