APNU lashes out at Education Minister over CSEC results

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Education Minister, Priya Manickchand.
Education Minister, Priya Manickchand.

A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) has slammed Education Minister Priya Manickchand and is urging her to stop “politicking with the education sector.”

In a statement, APNU noted that Manickchand misrepresented the APNU’s analysis of the 2013 Caribbean Examinations Council (CSEC) exam results.

The APNU took note of the Minister’s call for politicians to be more “constructive in observations and criticisms”.

According to APNU, an examination of the statement made by the opposition will show that we have been both constructive and objective.

“Deputy Speaker of the National Assembly and APNU Member of Parliament, Mrs. Deborah Backer in a recent interview stated clearly that the nation’s education problems cannot be solved by Government alone. However, the Government and especially the Ministry of Education must admit and accept that solving the education problem is a job for the entire nation. Therefore, it does not help neither is it an objective statement of fact, when Ms. Manickchand tells the nation that the improvements have been notable, since the PPP started paying attention to education,” APNU stated.

According to APNU, Manickchand’s comparisons are self-serving and partisan, and do nothing to address the crisis facing the education sector.

APNU finds the Minister’s statement offensive and malicious when she accuses the opposition of “failing to celebrate when Guyanese do well” and waiting “with bated breath so that they can see these Guyanese kids fail, only so they can say that the Government has done badly”.

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