By Benjamin Flowers, Staff Reporter
The Minister of Education, Patrick Faber, said this week that the low rate of educated persons in the workforce is a problem that needs to be addressed by all stake holders, not just the ministry.
Faber’s comments came in response to the recent Labour force survey, released by the Statistical Institute of Belize, which said that 45 percent of the workforce has either a primary school education or below.
He emphasized that while government is spending some 28 percent of the national budget, approximately BZ $244,000,000, the ministry will not shy away from the fact that much needs to be done to address pertinent issues; however, it has to be a team effort.
“I have always been saying that we spend too much on education and are not getting the best ‘bang for our buck’”, Faber said. “In the region Belize is in the top three or four on what we spend but in terms of what we’re gaining back we are at the bottom.”
He added that the statistics should motivate stakeholders to support the efforts of his ministry, including teacher training, school amalgamation and building more schools.
The Labour Force Survey, done twice a year, gathers various forms of employment and other relevant data to the job market.
Dr. Leopold Perriot, director general of the SIB, presented the data at the Central Bank on August 26. Apart from the high degree of under education in the work force, the report also showed a downward trend of men in tertiary level education.