In what has become an all-to-familiar event, when a new Cayman Islands government administration takes office, its ministers systematically scrap everything the previous administration had in the works.
It doesn’t really matter if the idea was good or bad, affordable or expensive, needed or not; the ethos among elected representatives here has regressed to a point where political currency is more important than common sense.
It is therefore extremely heartening to see current Minister of Education Rolston Anglin announce last week that education reform will go forward. Although there was probably new input to the reform plans made during Mr. Anglin’s short six-month tenure as minister, the announced reforms were mostly developed during the previous administration.
The education of Caymanian children, as many would agree, is probably the most vital social agenda any government in these times can have. As the gulf between the haves and have-nots widens, as crime increases and animosities between Caymanians and expatriates deepen, the only logical method of addressing these issues lies in providing the best education possible to the populace.
The education situation here is critical, if not beyond critical.
This is no time for elected representatives to make education a political football in hoping to score the most points. Education reform needs to happen sooner rather than later. The Cayman Islands simply cannot afford to lose the time and the important work that went into the reform process during the previous administration.
As important as new schools are to house the ever-increasing numbers of students, reforming – and modernising – the education system is absolutely vital if Caymanian students are to have the tools to succeed in the ultra-competitive world of today and beyond.
Although Mr. Anglin might not have scored political points for bashing the ideas of a former minister, he has scored many more points in our books for having the wisdom and good sense to allow something the Cayman Islands desperately needs to go forward, even though the plan was devised during another administration.