Education Ministry stresses no final decision made on GATE

Sunday, July 17, 2016 - 20:00

The Ministry of Education is stressing that no decision has as yet been made on the recommendations by the GATE Task Force.

A statement by the Ministry this morning, is telling students that any views on the issue so far are solely those of the report makers.

The following is the statement by the Ministry of Education:

"The Ministry of Education is still awaiting Cabinet’s decision on the recommendations put forward by the GATE Task Force which was formed to give recommendations on the future of the Government Assistance for Tuition Expenses (GATE). The report was sent to the Cabinet on Thursday July 14th, 2016 for deliberations.

The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education said he is concerned that the report, which was presented in two parts to Cabinet on Thursday July 14th 2016 was leaked to the media before deliberations were taken at the Government level.

Despite this, he is reassuring the student population that the recommendations put forward by the GATE Task Force are not yet final. He said, “It is common knowledge that there are inefficiencies in the GATE programme, and the Ministry saw it fit to embark on an exercise to review the process. We needed to be presented with feasible solutions, hence, the production of a report was commissioned. The report has been submitted and is yet to be considered by the Ministry’s higher authority. As it stands at present, any views on the issue are solely those of the report makers, and not the Ministry as no final decision has been made.”

Minister Garcia stated that Cabinet will consider the report – both its merits and demerits and decide on the best way forward to all seeking higher education as part of the larger mandate of ensuring education for all."