Wednesday, May 6th, 2015. Aaron Humes Reporting: The Petrocaribe program has been a chief source of Government finance for several years now and many have questioned the spending undertaken by the Government of Belize from it.
Some believe that priorities such as the education system should be addressed. But with a budget of over $100 million dedicated to education, youth development and sports, does this sprawling Ministry really need Petrocaribe dollars? Minister of Education Patrick Faber says that while they can always use more money, particularly in the area of youth development and sports, they will make do with what they have.
While according to Minister Faber the Ministry’s Petrocaribe allotment has for the most part been relegated to special projects, there are tangible results which he outlined, including an upcoming program which will provide funds to coordinators of summer programs across the nation. The money also paid for CSEC registration and the tablets given to tertiary level students countrywide earlier this year.
And speaking of the tablets, there have been complaints from those who haven’t gotten theirs yet. The Minister said that his Ministry is addressing the situation and has completed a second round of giveaways to those students who didn’t get theirs right away. However, the gifts are not due for part-time and transient students or those in specialized programs that are not fully accredited for diplomas and degrees.
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