Published On: Thu, Dec 27th, 2012

2013 budget does not say anything about “free education”

WILLEMSTAD – The Advisory Council (RvA) had its remarks on the issue of “free education”. The chapter on education in the 2013 budget does not mention anything about free education, while the 2012 budget had 17 million guilders reserved for this purpose. The Government’s policy does not elaborate more on this issue and the 2013 budget and the long term budget does not mention it at all so there are no funds set aside to cover these expenses.

It was said that in 2013 there will be a research on free education. From this RvA concludes that there is nothing structural about this issue and that it might have been a onetime deal. RvA had hoped to at least see some planning translated in the 2013 budget and in the long term budget and that in 2013 additional funds can be transferred to Foundation for Innovation in Education (FIDE) and the Foundation for Education Financing (SSC) to finance education.

RvA requests the Government to give an indication on its general considerations on how they will include the “free education” in the 2013 budget to comply with e high expectations which was created in the community.

Furthermore RvA indicates that in the General Considerations the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sport will have as its mission to allocate provisions so that the people of this island can completely develop themselves.

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