Statement: Minister's Message to GSAT Students

The Deputy Premier &  Minister of Education Hon. Akierra Missick stated; 

“Today over 300 primary school students will write the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT). Anxious children from across the islands Private and Public Primary Schools will face two days of testing in Mathematics, English and Science to be eligible for a place in our nation’s High Schools.

“Over the past two years the duration of the examinations moved from three days to now two days. Additionally some of the examinations have moved to be shorter. These changes were in response to comments and concerns raised by teachers, parents and students themselves.

“This is a big day for our Primary School students as months and even years of hard work, late nights, extra classes and much hard work from parents is now here. I am so proud of the efforts of all the children, parents, teachers and principals. This is a very important time for our students and I encourages them to be calm and remain composed.

“I would also  like to thank the Department of Education for their organization of the examinations and my prayers and best wishes are extended to all the students writing examinations today and tomorrow.”

EU ASSESSMENT RECOGNISES HUGE IMPROVEMENT IN PUBLIC FINANCES

The Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government has significantly improved the performance of its Public Financial Management (PFM) according to a leading European Union (EU) assessment, it was announced today, Wednesday, 27 May 2015.

The TCI’s 2015 Public Expenditure and Financial Accountability (PEFA) assessment showed substantial improvements across a range of indicators since its previous assessment in 2011. The PEFA assessment is widely used by the World Bank and EU.

“The timing of this announcement could not be better in bolstering our nation’s rapidly improving financial reputation,” said Minster of Finance Washington Misick. 

“We are also due to have our annual credit rating assessment by Standard & Poor’s in the next few weeks, so the news that we have made such significant improvements in public financial management I am sure can only benefit us in the longer term.”

The PEFA assessment examines seven key areas known as indicators, each with a number of sub areas known as dimensions. 

The TCI’s improved performance saw it increase its top rated A grade dimensions from 12 to 30, and its B grade dimensions from 17 to 20. These increases saw dramatic improvements from the C and D grades which fell by the same amounts.

The indicators include: Credibility of the Budget; Comprehensiveness and transparency; Policy-based budgeting; Predictability and control in budget execution; Accounting, recording and reporting; External scrutiny and audit; Donor Practices. 

This repeat assessment of the TCI was commissioned by the EU as part of its preparations for providing up to €14.6 million in direct budget support to the education sector under the 11th European Development Fund.

PEFA assessments are intended to serve as a common information base for dialogue between participating governments and development partners.

The PEFA PFM Performance Measurement Framework (PMF) is one of the elements of the Strengthened Approach to supporting PFM reforms developed by the World Bank, the European Commission and other development partners.  This Approach has three components: (i) a country-led PFM reform strategy and action plan, (ii) a coordinated programme of activities financed by development partners which supports and is aligned with the government's PFM reform strategy, and (iii) a shared information pool. The PEFA PMF assessment constitutes the third component.

Note to editors:

  1. A copy of the PEFA assessment is available at http://www.gov.tc/treasury/index.php/publications/government-financial-reports/8-pefa-assessment-report

UK CIVIL SERVICE COLLEGE SUPPORTS SENIOR TCI LEADERS

Senior leaders in the Turks and Caicos Islands (TCI) government will benefit from an intensive leadership and development programme being delivered by the UK Civil Service College this week, 26-28 May 2015.

The Deputy Governor, Permanent Secretaries and other senior officials will take part in the event, which is funded by the Governor’s Office Technical Assistance Programme. The course is designed to provide guidance and support to the professional development of the TCI public service.  

“We are bringing some of the world’s very best training for public servants to the TCI, thanks to the UK Civil Service College,” said Anya Williams, Deputy Governor and head of the TCI civil service.  

“The aim of the training is to support senior leaders’ leadership and development and help them to acquire or develop essential knowledge and skills to enhance their effectiveness in supporting the processes of government and good governance.”

The three-day training programme is designed to help participants to: 

  • Support the processes and principles of good government and good governance and to contribute to well-founded and effective policy and decision-making
  • Take a more strategic view in relation to planning, organisational development and resource management and the achievement of key outcomes and priorities
  • Translate what they have learned into effective leadership and actions that are practicable and achievable in their own context 

Pat Noonan, Director of the Technical Assistance Programme, in the Governor’s Office added, “The Technical Assistance Programme has provided support to Immigration & Border Control and Customs and continues to provide support in many areas including Public Financial Management, EU Funding and Refinancing.”