DLP administration to focus on education

PM Skerrit interacts with students
PM Skerrit interacts with students

Prime Minister and Minister for Finance the Honourable Roosevelt Skerrit has reiterated government’s commitment to the development of education in Dominica.

The Prime Minister gave this commitment as he addressed the swearing-in ceremony of the new Cabinet of Ministers on Saturday, December 13, 2014.

Prime Minister Skerrit stated that every Dominican family has benefited from the DLP Government’s massive investment in education “from the cradle to the grave”. He highlighted government’s achievements thus far in education as a stepping stone towards future development.

“We have achieved universal access to education at the Secondary level; and we plan to achieve universal access to Early Childhood Education and Tertiary level education from 2015. Also in this new term, Secondary and Tertiary Education will be transformed to meet the current and future needs of the nation,” he said. “Civics, Culture, Technical and Vocational Skills, Agriculture and Hospitality will feature prominently in the curriculum. We are committed to the construction and functioning of a modern polytechnic; catering to the needs of the more technically inclined in our midst..”

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  1. Pedro
    December 18, 2014

    After they are educated, what next. Where are the JOBS coming from?

  2. December 17, 2014

    Skerrit have his mandate as Prime Minister but Linton also have his mandate as Leader of the opposition the Pprime Minister’s position is a Constitutional one so is the Leader of the opposition .the opposition’s mandate is also strong. In the interest of goodwill let your olive branch be real. you are trying to get the opposition to surrender but for things to work in the interest of alldominicans you too Mr. PM must also learn to make compromises.

  3. I'mJustSaying
    December 17, 2014

    So will Mr Skerrit still fulfill his promise about providing every school child with a tablet in January 2015, or was this just an election gimmick? 8-O

  4. Truth and Justice
    December 17, 2014

    Give the man a break, he is working for Dominica.

  5. OMG
    December 17, 2014

    Is this his first time in office? This is a joke. The next plan in education is to brainwash and have the kids pray to the almighty skeritt

  6. December 17, 2014

    Education should not only be in the classroom but it should be in the daily activities of the members of government. The prime minister should not only emphasize the 3R’s but he should practice ethics in governance because this is what we need more today in this STRUGGLING democracy of ours.

    We need the education of true transparent governance so our children will not only learn what is taught in the classroom but will emulate those in office. The constitution of Dominica should also be taught as a social studies prerequisite for every child in elementary school before attending secondary school.

  7. Zuma
    December 17, 2014

    Very good PM, great initiative. Keep the youths involved.

    Teach them a sense of pride
    Let their laughter remind us of how it use to be
    Everyone Is searching for a hero
    But we need someone to depend on to help us achieve our goals. Remember I said help us.. We can make it if we try but some of us need more support than others, whether


    Prepare the youths for tomorrow’s, challenges is paramount…

    • Grell
      December 17, 2014

      Really inspiring!

    • December 18, 2014

      PM, when are you going to complete your
      When are the children going to receive their tablets?
      It’s time to distribute the tablets are promised.
      But please do not have them now to you.

  8. grell
    December 17, 2014

    We do need to educate Skerrit but look @ the big picture,when the young people return where are the jobs, you need to get Dominica back in agriculture,god blessed us with the rich land.We do not have the beaches and facilities for tourist.

    • Alix
      December 17, 2014

      Stop being negative.. You know jolly well bananas alone can’t sustainthe survival of dominica. The government should develop processes to assist farmers to diversify. We have been speaking about this for years.. Can dominica or any other Caribbean Island for that matter, compete wit chicita. Like the West Indies cricket team the islands of the Caribbean should have culminated to heir resources in Oder to be able to survive. Instead selfishly each farmer insisted on maintaining their little plots of land, when this failed they blame their governments this is so Not fair. Find markets for water. Ginger, and other agricultural products.. You all too wicked people keepsaying Agriculture dead, then come Saturdays the Roseau Market is full with all kinds of Agricultural products.. You all should be ashamed of you all selves. Really.

      • The Facts
        December 18, 2014

        As you mentioned Ginger, I thought this is an excellent idea. They should try growing ginger and export it also to Canada.
        I saw some types of ginger at the grocery store which I would not buy. There was a time they were as skinny as ever. Another time as huge as ever. I heard they are imported from China because they are sold less expensive. I am wary of purchasing products from those countries. This less expensive bit is not so. Ginger is expensive.
        I have read of the health benefits of Ginger. It is a healthy product to make tea and drink and to include in other menus. When we have colds, a pot of ginger with garlic and honey will help ease our cold and even the symptoms.
        You know especially at Christmas and New Year’s time we make ginger beer. I have some non-alcoholic drink recipes which contain ginger.
        Please tell those farmers to also grow ginger to export. Would I love some ginger from Dominica. :lol:
        A friend who recently returned from D/ca gave me some cinnamon, from Dominica. It is so different with also a different taste compared to what I have bought here. They could also export cinnamon.
        What about nutmegs? A few years ago a Grenadian friend gave me some nutmegs. I still have some. They will last for a very long time. The friend who was older than I am, sadly have since passed away. Among other of her attributes, those nutmegs always remind me of her.
        Banana is an important industry but there are also produces which the farmers could grow and import.
        Please inform the Minister of Agriculture about this. He could try to obtain Canadian and/or US market for them.

      • December 18, 2014

        “selfishly each farmer insisted on maintaining their little plots of land”

        What do you expect them to do, give all their land to the state and work on it like serfs? The Soviets and Chinese tried that and in both cases millions starved to death.

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