FRIDAY, FEB. 24: Dame Jennifer Smith spoke today about successful money-saving projects that had been undertaken in her ministry.
She highlighted how moving the ministry into one building had enhanced ‘cohesiveness’ among employees.
And the Education Minister said that moving the Lyceum Pre-School had been a successful money-saving move.
She added: “We did not understand the benefits to the parents of having their children in one location and the ease of access because it is on a main road where the buses stop.
“There are benefits too, besides just financial, when we look at innovative ways to save. This has caused us to look at other locations that are rented premises as to when and where they can be located in government-owned premises, so we are looking at other pre-schools.”
The Ministry has a budget of $133 million this year – a slight increase of five per cent from last year.
Dame Jennifer added: “Seventy-five per cent of our budget is salaries.
“So we looked at attrition and doing things in a better manner, rather than loosing any jobs.
“We have been able to make savings and we have managed with a reduced budget to take on increased responsibility
“Teachers are not just charged with educating, but recognizing a child may need help and contacting providers of that help.
“We are doing more with less, with help from partners within Government and outside.”