Prime Minister Allen Chastanet had been highlighting his administration’s initiatives in education, asserting that the government sees education as providing the platform to enable all citizens of Saint Lucia to attain their full human potential.
Writing on his official Facebook page on Monday, Chastanet said a few of the initiatives implemented include:
-Increasing the school rehabilitation budget from $1 Million to $10 Million a year
-Doubled the Budget for the School Feeding and School Transportation Programmes
-Distributed over 8000 Tablets and 4000 MIFI devices to students and teachers
-Increased the number of scholarships available to local students by 100%
-Constructed the New Dennery Primary School
-Constructed the New Choiseul Secondary School
-Commenced establishing Smart Classrooms within schools across the island
-Increased the number of Back to School Bursaries to vulnerable families
-Commenced Construction of a New SMART Block for Micoud Secondary which is in progress
-Supported the introduction of 4 Bachelor’s Degree Programmes at Sir Arthur Lewis Community College in the areas of Business Administration, Public Health, Environmental Studies and Sustainable Tourism
-Constructed the New Monchy Early Childhood Development Centre, the New Jacmel Early Childhood Development Centre and the New Micoud Early Childhood Development Centre
-Introduced the Education Quality Improvement Programme (EQUIP) which includes the construction of 3 new schools and a new Special Needs Learning Institution among other initiatives
“Education constitutes an investment in our people, in our future, in our human capital towards the creation of the new Saint Lucia which we are committed to building,” Chastanet said.