Chairman of the privately-owned St Georges Secondary School, Gerard Farara wants private schools to get financial assistance from government.
Farara said funds ought to be set aside for private schools if these educational facilities are to remain in operation.
He made the statement during a government meeting with residents of the Fourth Electoral District at Althea Scatliffe Primary School yesterday.
“Education, whether it be public or private; we are all in this together to the extent that if private schools do well, the country does well. To the extent where public schools do well, the country does well. To the extent where we collectively do well, the country not only does well, it rises [and] it shines,” Farara said.
The St Georges school chairman further reasoned that the territory needs to do away with the mentality that public funds can’t be committed to private institutions.
“It is [a question of] sustainability and existence when you speak in the context of private schools. There is a dire need for financial assistance from government and we ought to ensure that is in the budget,” he added.
Education Minister Myron Walwyn, who was in earshot when Farara voiced the concerns, said private schools have been receiving professional support from government.
He, however, agreed that government needs to do more.
“We have to find a way to support them financially,” the minister stated.
Cedar International School, St George’s primary and secondary schools, and Seventh-day Adventist schools are all privately-operated institutions.
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