Published On: Mon, Dec 24th, 2012

Free education is likely to become expensive joke

WILLEMSTAD – Free education is likely to be a big flop. The Foundation for Education financing Curacao (SSC), which executes the payments, has requested additional funds at the Ministry of Education.

SSCC is still waiting for a little more than 300 million guilders. Whether that money is coming is extremely uncertain. The project for free education was conceived by the political party Pueblo Soberano. Financing through public company Refineria di Kòrsou (Curacao Refinery) is controversial because the former Government headed by the former Prime Minister Gerrit Schotte threw all advices against this financing from the Advisory Council out the window and arranged financing through a structure outside the budget. This was also disapproved by the Committee for Financial Supervision

This handling from the Schotte’s Government took away the right from the Parliament to exercise its budget control.

SSC has initiated payments to schools that have provided free textbooks to their students. But there are also parents who have paid advancements for the books and have been waiting now for five months for the return of their money which was promised to them by the Government. SSC does not know when the remaining funds will be deposited in their account. In the long-term, the government has no provision for free education.

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