Premier and Minister of Finance Dr D Orlando Smith has been asked to give a deserving budget allocation to the Ministry of Education.
Education Minister Myron Walwyn made that request after his ministry was allocated the second largest share of this year’s $299.5 million budget.
His ministry is projected to receive 15 percent of the budget, which is approximately $44,928,804 million.
Put your money where your mouth is
While speaking on NDP Radio this week, Premier Smith had underscored that education is a key factor in the territory’s overall development.
Walwyn seemingly used the Premier’s statement to ask for additional funds for his ministry.
“I am very pleased to hear you (Premier) say education underpins everything that is done in health and all the various ministries …”
“I need you to put your money where your mouth is and understand that we are the ones who have to train the folks to do the wonderful plans that my colleagues are speaking about. So I will give you a chance during the budget process and I know you won’t disappoint me to ensure that education is well looked after.”
The budget process
The 2018 budget process will continue with the Standing Finance Committee examining the budget document.
During this assessment, public accounting officers will be invited to explain and rationalise their submissions and address questions the committee members may have.
On the completion of the Standing Finance process, the budget will be debated in the House of Assembly.
The Standing Finance commenced on Tuesday, March 20.