Published On: Thu, Oct 3rd, 2013

Leeflang: ‘Current education system on quicksand, appoint education council now’

Omayra LeeflangWILLEMSTAD - Independent Member of Parliament, Omayra Leeflang has submitted a proposal for a scientific education council. According to the MP, the current education system is on quicksand. "The problem is that since 2010 there is no education policy and education data is missing. In addition, there were several changes in the ministerial posts during these last four years. This means that there is a loss of educational data and without this data good education cannot be developed,” according to the independent MP.

Leeflang points out that Prime Minister and Minister of Education Ivar Asjes said in parliament that there is no education dates since 2006. "This data does exist, I was the last Minister of Education of the Netherlands Antilles and recently I presented the educational records between 2006 and 2010. The knowledge about available data is missing."According to Leeflang this is because with time the professionals in this field left. There are people who were placed in key positions who did not have the right expertise or who had no knowledge of the history. “You see the result, the Prime Minister gets his advice from these people,” Leeflang indicated.

Leeflang therefore proposes a scientific education council to collect all data, records and publishes these. "This also happens with the finances, everything is obtained from the Central Bank. A board for financial supervision was established to monitor everything and keep track of trends in the field of finances. You need something like that for our education system. “If you would ask someone now how the education system of Curacao is, most of them would not be able to answer and this also counts for the members of Parliament,” according to Leeflang.

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