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Director of Education Clare Browne[/caption]
Clare Browne, the Director of Education, has recently put forth a compelling argument for the government to provide an annual subvention to privately run educational institutions in Antigua and Barbuda.
According to Director Browne, while the education system has been allocated the largest slice of the 2024 National Budget, the funds are being stretched to the limit.
As such, he believes that it is crucial for private schools at all levels, including pre-school, primary, and secondary, to receive annual financial assistance from the government to help them cover their operational costs.
Director Browne has emphasized that private schools are facing numerous challenges, and it is crucial to ensure that they remain open.
He notes that there are not enough spaces within the public schools to accommodate all the students currently enrolled in private schools.
Therefore, he strongly advocates for the government to offer financial assistance to these institutions.
Furthermore, Director Browne believes that all students, regardless of whether they attend public or private schools, are entitled to the best education available.
He emphasizes that some private schools are struggling, and it is the responsibility of the government to ensure that all students receive a good education.
In addition to providing financial assistance to private schools, Director Browne has also suggested that the government consider providing each school in the public sector with a small budget to allow it to carry out some of its tasks.
He notes that too often, teachers and students spend time raising funds to support school-related activities, rather than focusing on education.
He believes that it is imperative for teachers and students to concentrate on education rather than finding ways to raise funds for their institutions.