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Rivers: classroom sizes on par with int’l standards

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Education Minister Hon. Tara Rivers defends the class sizes in public schools, saying they are on par with internationals standards.

Minister Rivers is responding to a parent’s concern that classroom sizes in the government schools are too large, children are falling behind in math and english, and therefore scholarships should be offered to the private schools.

The Education Minister says government aid is granted in cases where a private school can offer special needs not available in the public system, but warns to offer a blanket scholarship will send the wrong message. “There is an opportunity to have some assistance there, but to make the assumption that all private schools are better than public schools is an erroneous assumption to make,” she said.

Minister Rivers made her comments on last week’s The Panel.

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Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman

Tammi Sulliman is a Caribbean journalist with more than 15 years in the industry. Her roots steeped in print journalism, she made the transition to television in 2007. A reporter and talk show host in the Cayman Islands, she has focused on political and social issues affecting the community. She took the helm of the news product at Hurley's Media Ltd. as News Director in November, 2015. Ms Sulliman was raised in Trinidad & Tobago and graduated with honours in French Linguistics and Professional Writing from the University of Toronto in Ontario, Canada. She is a proud mother and privileged to call the Cayman Islands home.

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