Wednesday 14 November, 2018

Garcia: New school registration forms must meet 'religious mandates'

Denominational boards will form part of a sub-committee to review new standardised registration forms to ensure that all 'religious mandates' are met. 

The Ministry of Education said in a statement that after meeting for two hours this week, the decision was made to form a sub-committee comprising members of the Ministry and the denominational boards, which will review the form within the next two weeks before it is disseminated to schools. 

Garcia was addressing concerns presented by the boards, who were focused on enforcing various religious mandates to which the Ministry is committed under the agreements made in the 1960 Concordat.

The Ministry said the sub-committee will be responsible for the review and agreement on a standardised form that will meet the requirements of both stakeholders. 

The Ministry said both the boards and the Ministry have agreed that the practice of long lines outside of school compounds for registration forms must be eliminated immediately. 

"It was agreed that the boards will take critical interest and instruct principals of the schools they represent to ensure that no parent is made to experience the embarrassment of lining up at 4am for a registration form," the Ministry said.

Garcia pledged to uphold the commitments of the Concordat in accordance with the law.

"It is the intention of this Government to ensure that all children have equal access to education," the Ministry said. 

Minister in the Ministry of Education, Dr Lovell Francis, the Strategic Executive Team and other Ministry officials also attended the meeting.