The education crisis is bigger than you think

First Published: 2006-08-19

Despite 40-years of Government spending on education, the functional illiteracy of Bahamian youth today is so great that the Minister of Education calls it an “education crisis”, a crisis that was clearly defined by the Coalition for Education Reform in its June 2005 report “Bahamian Youth: The Untapped Resource”.

The reason this is important now is that the country faces an embarrassing skills shortage given the job openings that will be created by the presently approved foreign investments. Simply put there may not be enough qualified Bahamians to fill the jobs created and a far greater than expected number of foreign workers may be needed.

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