I HAVE just returned from Cuba which is now regarded as having one of the best education systems in the world.
Pre-school children are guaranteed a free place in a nursery school or day care centre.
Classes in schools are small and standards are high in every subject. Children are expected to help each other out so no-one in the class lags behind.
Parents are expected to work closely with teachers as part of every child’s education and social development. All education, including university, is free and open to everyone.
It is not uncommon for schools to open at 6.30am and close 12 hours later, providing free morning and afternoon care for working parents who have no extended family.
Teachers are entrusted as professionals to get on with the job of educating children without undue interference from the government.
Having just retired as a school governor after a 10-year stint and watched the socially divisive education policies of the Blair and Coalition government’s where fee-paying schools, free schools, academies, faith schools, etc, all compete for children to fill their classrooms, not to mention the massive student debt saddling our young people, it got me thinking.
How is it that in Cuba you don’t have to move house or pretend you have a particular religious belief or money to get your child into a good local school.
Perhaps its because the state provides good free education for all by spending 10 per cent of its national budget on education unlike the UK which spends a measly 4 per cent.
Morley Hall Terrace