THE government has accused the GSD of failing to take into account its ‘transformational changes’ in education after it had been accused of fostering a ‘lost generation’.
The opposition had claimed that the government’s failure to provide practical skills training would lead to Gibraltarians being unqualified for jobs in an increasingly digital world.
GSD MP Elliott Phillips also criticized the government, accusing them of ignoring his party’s recent parliamentary motion which proposed changes to the current system.
A government spokesman told the press that Phillips was uninformed and highlighted a new strategy which will provide vocational training for pupils in Gibraltar instead of GCSEs.
“This approach will prepare a multi-skilled generation, where our young people can follow pathways that suit them best and not just those, mainly academic ones, that just happen to be there,” the spokesman said.
The new scheme is set to commence in 2019 and could include courses such as digital studies, construction, environment and animal care and hair and beauty.
“It seems that the GSD doesn’t think we are serious about moving education forward in the way that we are doing,” said Minister for Education John Cortes.
“They just tend to repeat old arguments without taking account of progress being made in so many areas.”