Opposition Member of Parliament Ro Teimumu Kepa has questioned the cutbacks to the Education sector.
In responding to the national budget in Parliament yesterday, the former Education Minister says the drastic budget reduction of some $200 million raises more questions than answers.
Ro Teimumu while rejecting the 2019-2020 budget says it’s distressing to think about how the education sector will continue to function effectively with such a significant chop to its allocation.
“That this $802.6 million budget is $200 million less than last year’s budget of $1 billion should be cause for concern, so where is the Boom? Why the decrease? Let me try to explain, firstly we hear the Ministry is undergoing an organizational structure to streamline its systems and strengthen its capacity to respond to the current needs of the sector, how they determine the current needs of the sector, no one yet knows.”
Ro Teimumu also questioned the notion to ensure that the education sector was abreast of technological advancements and globalization and whether this would lead to staffing cutbacks as well.