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SIXTH INTER-AMERICAN MEETING OF MINISTERS OF EDUCATION “B etter opportunities for the youth of the Americas: Rethinking secondary education”. The Challenge of Financing the Expansion and Strengthening of Secondary Education at a Time of Economic Crisis – Strategies and Solutions.

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SIXTH INTER-AMERICAN MEETING OF MINISTERS OF EDUCATION “Better opportunities for the youth of the Americas: Rethinking secondary education”

The Challenge of Financing the Expansion and Strengthening of Secondary Education at a Time of Economic Crisis – Strategies and Solutions

Trinidad and Tobago’s Experience

Hon. Esther Le Gendre, MP

Minister of Education

August 14, 2009

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ABOUT Trinidad and TobagoTrinidad and Tobago is situated only 6 miles from the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela. Population: 1.3 M. Area: 5.128 square kilometres.

primary and secondary schools
Primary and Secondary Schools
  • Secondary School Population: 100,374No. of Gov’t and secondary schools: 135No. of Secondary school teachers: 6,687No of primary schools: 484Primary school population: 129,641
  • Our goal is to increase tertiary enrolment to 75%. Over the past four years we have increased tertiary enrolment from 15% to 45%. This does not include overseas scholars and those attending private institutions offering tuition.
  • Fiscal year 2009 budget has given each student graduating with first class honours a scholarship to pursue studies in any country of the world to complete a Doctoral degree.
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Birth rate has declined to 18,000 per yearBy 2012: 601 state of the art Gov’t ECCE centres will be catering to 30,000 children age 3 and 4 years

The cost of building and furnishing a new ECCE centre: US$0.5M

The cost of building and furnishing a new primary school: US$5-6.3M

The cost of building and furnishing a new secondary school : US$30-35M

our economy and levels of education financing
Our Economy and Levels of Education Financing
  • MoE expenditure has risen by an average of 11 percent in the 2003 to 2008 period
  • In that period Government expenditure has averaged 30 percent of GDP, MoE expenditure alone averaging 3 percent
  • Expenditure on the Secondary Level has averaged 48.2 percent of MOE expenditure for the same period
  • The Ministry has a large ongoing programme of school construction and upgrade, in addition to

ICT provision for all schools

challenges and strategic measures in a quality education environment
Challenges and Strategic Measures in a Quality Education Environment
  • Changes in National Socio-Economic Environment
  • Teacher Development for 21st Century teaching and learning
  • Curriculum Development and Relevance
  • Decentralization and School Based Management
  • Parent and Community Involvement
modalities of development and the economic downturn
Modalities of Development and the Economic Downturn
  • Maintaining political will / Government financing
    • Ensuring efficiency and effectiveness
      • Data as the Driver of Strategic Planning
      • Monitoring and Evaluation
  • Multilateral Loan and Grant Financing
    • Secondary Education Modernization Programme (SEMP)
    • Seamless Education Project
    • Other Technical Assistance
      • UNV Involvement
      • Project funding
challenges
Challenges
  • Rising construction costs due to space requirements aligned with curriculum offerings
  • Optimum sizing of schools in developed communities
  • Construction on occupied locations
  • CVQ implementation and

teacher availability

modalities of development and the economic downturn1
Modalities of Development and the Economic Downturn
  • Involvement of the Private Sector
    • Partnering and recruitment via VAPA and CVQ
  • Low and No-Cost Initiatives
    • System Changes – De-shifting and Conversion
    • Local School Boards, PTAs and Student Councils
    • On-Line Teacher Development
    • Communication, the Media and

Other Motivation Builders

relevance
Relevance
  • Relevance is a major component of quality secondary education
    • This was clearly articulated by our youth yesterday
    • We should be cautioned as we decide what is relevant today for tomorrow’s graduate.