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Jones all for keeping check on spending

TRE GREAVES, [email protected]

Jones all for keeping check on spending

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MINISTER OF EDUCATION Ronald Jones says “balancing the books” is important given the limited funding resources for education.

He was responding to comments about stressed educators and the tight budgets under which they functioned at a reception on Tuesday night for participants at a Caribbean tertiary education leadership conference here.

Dr Luz Longsworth, principal of the University of the West Indies Open Campus, first highlighted the “trying” environment in which tertiary and higher education institutions operated, even as they were charged with transforming themselves in aligning with financial responsibilities and new governance requirements.

She cited an article written by a former professor at the Plymouth Institute of Education in England, who chose early retirement and berated education leaders who seemed to be ruled by accountants whose mission was just to make money. (TG)

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