Opposition calls for CAP audit

Elaine Foster Allen and Ronald Thwaites
The Parliamentary Opposition has turned the spotlight on the State-run Career Advancement Programme (CAP) and has called for a detailed audit.
It said this will determine whether the country is receiving value for money.
Elaine Foster Allen, Chairman of the People's National Party's Education Commission, said despite an increase in persons registered, there continues to be a decline in attendance under the Career Advancement Programme. 
For example, she said in 2015, more than 6,000 students were registered whereas in 2019, there were more than 10,000 registered students, however, the attendance has been falling off. 
In 2016, she said attendance for the programme was at 73%, in 2017, it stood at 71%, for 2018 it was 68%, and in 2019, the figure was 66%.   
Opposition Spokesman on Education Ronald Thwaites said there are signs that the programme is not fulfilling its purpose.  
"What we're also seeing is of course with the numbers goes the expenditure, and therefore, we're asking for a full audit of the Career Advancement Programme to ensure that we're getting value for money and that we are addressing the fact that in many instances, the CAP programme is stymied because it turns out to be a literacy programme because so many of those who enrol, whether or not they attend, is because they simply cannot read and write, even at that stage," he pointed out. 
The Career Advancement Programme, which falls under the Ministry of Education, was established to provide an opportunity for students aged 16 to 18, to get training and skills for the job market or to further their education.
It is offered at selected secondary schools, private skills-development centres as well as private/public tertiary institutions across the island.

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