The Bermuda Democratic Alliance (BDA) (“the Alliance”) seeks to provide the people of Bermuda with a Government that stands for equality of opportunity, social and economic justice, fiscal responsibility, security and safety, environmental sustainability, transparency, honesty and fairness in government for the benefit of all of Bermuda’s people.
The Alliance promotes a political philosophy that is rational, liberal and progressive: rational because we base our politics on the principles of reason and free inquiry; liberal because we stand for a market-based economy and liberal democratic society; progressive because we understand our principles and values to be forward-looking and universal in scope.
Bermuda’s education system boasts the highest costs per student world-wide with many diverse programs within the public school arena; however performance, as measured by student outcomes is woefully sub-standard.
This is due to a number of historical problems including failed leadership, a lack of accountability and transparency within the system, and an inconsistent delivery and alignment of curriculum.
The future of Bermuda and our Island’s continued success depends on our children being effectively educated. Education is also a key factor in correcting Bermuda’s socio-economic disparities, which are increasingly manifesting themselves with escalating anti-social behaviour. The BDA believes that Education is a core issue which must be immediately addressed to ensure a viable future.
Immediate implementation of the Hopkins Report recommendations. The Hopkins Report did not require us to abandon our present education system. Instead, it advised that we should ‘dramatically improve’ the quality of teaching, ‘move quickly’ to improve the quality of leadership by principals, and ‘radically reform’ the Ministry of Education. These objectives can be achieved by strengthening the strategic management of the education system, by enforcing transparent accountability at all levels, and by raising the school leaving age.
Implement a moratorium on further reports and consultants until the Hopkins Report recommendations are fully enacted. It is not necessary to devote further funds on consultants when the focus should be on action.