Prime minister, Roosevelt Skerrit, has urged parents to make their children’s education a priority since access to it has been made easier by his administration.
Speaking in Atkinson over the weekend, Skerrit stated the Universal Secondary Education (USE) program has made education accessible to all students.
“Since 2005 every single child in Atkinson has a space at a secondary school,” he said. “We are also assisting with the transportation of the students, free transportation paid for by the government of Dominica and in many instances we provide uniform allowances and books to the students.”
He added that the onus is on parents to pay closer attention to the education of their children.
“That is one sure way of we helping families get out of poverty,” he stated. “We should not look for a second chance if we have opportunities now. If something was to happen to us and we need a second chance, then that’s fine but we should not be casual about our future, not pay attention to it and look for a second chance.”
The Prime Minister also called on parents to make education the centre of family life.