The Saint Lucia Labour Party (SLP) on Friday announced its plan for the education sector. SLP candidate for Micoud South, Guibion Ferdinand, presented a detailed plan.
Below is his full statement:
Pledge: The next Labour Government will introduce a programme to assist parents in meeting the cost of the fees for CXC exams. This programme will be based on need and performance and will come into effect in 2017
Education and human resource development have now become synonymous with the Saint Lucia Labour Party government. This is the government that eliminated the shift system in our school system.
We constructed new secondary schools in Piaye, Anse Ger, Babonneau, Ciceron, Marigot and Gros Islet. We brought Universal Secondary Education to Saint Lucia to make it possible for every child in Primary School to get a secondary school education. It was a Labour administration that developed the Book Bursary programme for primary school students and introduced a text book rental programme in secondary schools.
The National Skills Development Centre was established by a Labour government in 2001 and through the NSDC, Learning Enrichment Centres were set up in several locations around the island.
Our administration understands that education must extend from toddler to senior. This is why we established the National Enrichment and Learning Programme to give adults an opportunity to acquire new skills and knowledge.
In the last four and a half years we continued our focus on human resource development. We introduced a bursary of $500 to the parents of children who pass the Common Entrance examination. We provided a $700 Teaching Supplies Grant to teachers. Our government introduced the One Laptop Per Child Programme, so that every student in Forms 3, 4 and 5 now own laptops, which they use for research and learning.
We refurbished the Saltibus Combined, Denierre Rivierre Combined, Dennery Primary and Desruisseaux Combined Schools. Additionally, our Labour government renovated the Vieux Fort Infant, the Corinth Secondary, Clendon Mason Memorial, Fond Assau Combined, Canaries Infant and Micoud Infant and Primary Schools.
In our next term of office, we will help those families who find it difficult to meet the costs of CXC examinations by b introducing a programme in 2017 to assist parents in paying for these exams. The programme will be based on need and performance, and it will ensure that no capable, deserving child is left behind and no
parent will have to suffer the pain and anguish of not being able to register their child for CXC examinations. This is the who we are – a caring Party that believes everyone must be given an opportunity to succeed and to excel.