The muddle that is education in Bermuda

If I were a parent at a Government run school I would be out and demonstrating outside the House of Assembly over this story – from what I have read, it is a disgrace.

Here is the introduction to the story: Education no longer has a dedicated permanent secretary in government following the departure last month of Warren Jones.

Wow.

This is the third paragraph: A spokeswoman for the newly created Ministry of Education and Economic Development confirmed to The Royal Gazette yesterday that Mr Jones would not be replaced, as his role has been merged with that of Economic Development permanent secretary Ross Webber.

Wow again. Double wow, wow…… There is a phrase where I come from: gobsmacked (definition: smacked mouth, cannot speak, dumbfounded.)

This is no reflection on the skills of Mr Webber, the new PS. From what I read, he is held in high regard. But it is a reflection of the type of muddled thinking that continues around one of the most pressing issues in Bermuda: education.

How many Education Ministers have we had? Something like a dozen in the last 14 years? We’ve had two in the last year. Now we not only don’t have a full-time education PS we don’t even have a full-time ministry and we have a job share Education Minister.

If this is a cost saving, it is the most short sighted cost saving I have ever heard of (oh, and by the way, passing by Cabinet the other day I saw half a dozen GP cars……).

This was posted on the RG’s website in response to the story:

So…… Not only does the Ministry of Education NOT have its own Minister, it also has to share a PS????

ARE WE INSANE???? This not only defies logic, it also is CONTRARY to recommendations coming out of SAGE. Come on people, where are our PRIORITIES??????

I have to agree. Are our priorities economic development, are they education – or are they both? The answer is obvious to me. Why does it not seem that way to Government?

 

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