Tuesday, October 26, 2021


The Leader of SVG Green Party, Warrant Officer Ivan Bertie O’Neal, BSc (Hons), MSc, MBA, is making a very strong call on the Ministry of Education, to publish the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) 2020 education results by name of the school. This would help the public and parents of the children in schools that are under-achieving, to work toward getting the additional resources needed to help these children substantially improve their education.

The present policy of the ULP Regime of not publishing the CPEA 20 results by name of school is very counterproductive. It prevents the public, parents and the schools that are under-achieving from setting up the additional resources to help the children achieve a high standard of education. Publishing the CPEA 2020 results by name of school will also show where ULP regime education system is failing the most.

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SVG received E$60,678,710 in grants from the International Community in 2020, yet only E$20,354,100 of the 2020 budget was allocated in Capital Expenditure for Education (Source SVG Budget Estimate 2020 – Researched Warrant Officer Ivan Bertie O’Neal, BSc (Hons), MSc, MBA).

After over 19 years in office, the hopeless and useless ULP Regime has shown they cannot move this country forward in education. Gonsalves, as SVG Minister of Finance, was failed by The Director of Audit for three consecutive years – 2008, 2009 and 2010. Where is SVG going with this ULP Regime with a half-baked education system? In 2007, Gonsalves, as SVG Minister of Finance, overshot the 2007 Budget by 10%, an amount of $63 million dollars, without prior approval of the SVG House of Assembly.

It is common sense that in order to move SVG into prosperity, our country needs a government that can competently manage the SVG economy and create a FISCAL SURPLUS. Without a FISCAL SURPLUS, as has been happening since 2001, the grossly incompetent ULP Regime is just spinning top in mud, and perpetuating a high level of poverty, unemployment and extensive destitution.

Warrant Officer Ivan Bertie O’Neal, who has a Master of Science in MACRO ECONOMIC Policy and Planning in Developing Countries from Bradford University, England, strongly contends that the ULP Regime is far too unqualified and too incompetent to manage the SVG economy in a sustainable way, so as to create prosperity and the development our country needs. The bottom line is that the ULP Regime does not have the necessary education and skills to competently move SVG in to becoming a rich nation.

Any good economist knows, that at the beating heart of a strong economy, is skilled workers and lots of thriving small businesses. SVG needs a comparative advantage in an economic sector to attract foreign investment.

Almost two thirds (60%) of UK employers expressed the need for the workforce to be given skills education. 

SVG Green Party has been calling for years for our own SVG science and technology university, to build a knowledge-based economy as part of the solution for economic growth and job creation and job security.

A Green government is needed to create a strong economy. A Green government will focus on providing our people with skills and will do this by building our own science and technology university. We must invest significantly more money in to the education of our people to give them the skills needed, in order to attract foreign investors to SVG and to give our people job security.

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