Cabinet shuffles CI$3M of education cash

| 17/11/2021 | 14 Comments
Cayman News Service

(CNS): Government has cut the education ministry’s planned equity investment on capital works across schools for this year by over $3.1 million to increase spending in other areas of the education budget, largely for facilities maintenance and operational school support services. According to the notes of last week’s Cabinet meeting, CI$1.85 million is going on facilities, and the spending on primary and secondary education is being increased by CI$1.2 million.

Cash is also being reshuffled at UCCI, where the stipend paid to its board of directors is being increased. The notes show that the college’s board chairman will now receive $4,000 per month, the deputy chair $2,000 per month and all members $1,000 per month.

Cash for teaching professional and vocational programmes is also being increased by over $250,000, while a similar amount is being cut from the appropriation for scholarships.

Also during the 9 November meeting, Cabinet also appointed Glen Wigney as a Director of the Auditors Oversight Authority’s Board for a six month period and approved a reduction of remuneration paid to the members of that board. Going forward, the chair will receive CI$3,000, the deputy CI$2,250 and directors CI$1,500 per month.

See all Cabinet Post Meeting Summaries in the CNS Library.

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  1. Anonymous says:

    Good job PACT. Take them to the feed trough and overfeed them, that way they can never criticise you when you do it for everyone else. As someone was once heard to say: “Gi it to him Gilly!”.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Why so much pay raises during the pandemic???

  3. Anonymous says:

    Sooo the PACT Government is going right along with all past governments and looking out for their cronies on these boards. $4000/month and how often will the Chairman have a meeting ? Twice at most ? Smh

  4. Anonymous says:

    From what I understand, much more is allotted for UCCI Brac campus than they are actually given. Where is it going? We need proper lecturers here on a weekly basis.

  5. Anonymous says:

    Laptop and free internet is all the children need to gain a far better education and qualifications needed today.

    Everything else is a waste of time and money.

  6. Anonymous says:

    They spend mor per child per capita on education that any other country in the world, but no one comes out the public school system capable of doing the highest paid jobs in cayman. Something is wrong, it’s called the government,

    • Anonymous says:

      It’s not a good use of public funds as the returns on the investment are almost nonexistent. Parents should be required to pay school fees as it is clear that so-called free education is not working. The money would be better spent somewhere else.

    • Anonymous says:

      Did you leave high school ready to be a policy advisor? Data analyst? Structural Engineer? If yes, please apply to teach with DES, your intellect is necessary in advancing the youth of cayman.

    • Anonymous says:

      Mmm…called the failing UK curriculum.

    • Anonymous says:

      No one comes out of high school anywhere in the world being prepared for the highest paying jobs. To expect this is unreasonable. The purpose of a high school education is to give people the foundation in order to function in society – it is up to the Graduates to build on that foundation, whether it be to go to college, get some further certification, or go into the Workplace And gain more experience in order to be qualified for those high paying jobs. I’m really tired of people smearing our high schools and our teachers many of whom really proved their mettle during lockdown last year – However I can’t count how many parents, many of whom thought they could do a better job than the teachers, who couldn’t wait to get their child back into the classroom.

      • Anonymous says:

        Most won’t be going to any worthwhile college if they can barely read and write or do basic math, which is what the exam results show.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Good to hear that stipends are given to certain boards, whether or not they will be waived or donated to charity.

    Serving on these boards, such as UUCI, is a lot of work and commitment, while taking care of one’s own regular responsibilities.

    In COVID times, it is these type of things that, instead of deterring sitting on boards, it might get good people to serve.

    • Anonymous says:

      Has anyone ever served on any of these boards? If not, it would be clear as day that this is correct. If not, then keep neglecting your civic duties, while complaining about what you do not understand.

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