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Education System Questioned During Budget Debate

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Day two into the national budget debate and the opposition side of the house has expressed concern over the current state of the education system. The People’s National Congress shadow Minister of Education Amna Ally said the learning system seems to be failing the future generation.

Ally during her presentation to the national assembly pointed out several areas which she believes needs to addressed such as Education delivery, school’s literacy program, automatic promotion of students and teachers salaries.

The PNC/R Member noted that teachers who play a key role in molding the future generation are being mistreated and disrespected by the current administration. She noted that teacher’s salaries has always been an issue for the education ministry since it is bent on offering only a 5 percent increase in salaries for teachers.

The PNC/R member also called on the administration to revisit the retirement age for teachers. Alley pointed out that the current age of retirement which is 55 years seems to be too early for teachers to retire. In this year’s budget 24.3 Billion Dollar has been allocated to the education sector.

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