Secondary Education Reform

Secondary Education Finance Reform

It’s fair. It’s time.

 Welcome to the Secondary Education Finance Reform Portal. Here, you will find answers to many questions about the introduction of a new per-student formula for funding government and denominational high schools in Belize.

Over time, this reform will put an affordable high school within reach of all Belizean children. It will also lead to increased enrolment rates and lower dropout rates - and fight crime, violence and poverty.

It’s fair. It’s time.


  • Education Finance Reform is a fair, efficient and proven effective way to increase enrolment in Belize’s high schools, which is at the lowest in the Central America and the Caribbean.
  • Right now only two of five high school age children are enrolled in high school. The reform seeks to change that.
  • Under the reform, your tax dollars will follow the student and his or her needs both socially and academically.
  • Over time, the high cost of secondary school education to parents through user fees will come down, making a quality general secondary education affordable for all Belizean families.
  • The reform begins in late November with payments to schools based on a new formula that is adapted to each district while at the same time maintaining equitable funding for education, in rural and urban settings, for rich and poor.


This web portal is your gateway to comprehensive information if you are:

o Click here for Frequently Asked Questions-1 on the reform

o    Click here for Frequently Asked Questins-2 on the reform


    • Watch a three-part video presentation on the Why and What of Secondary Education Reform - with David Leacock, Chief Executive Officer of the Ministry of Education. (Click here to view Part One, Part Two, and Part Three)

Public Service Announcement-- "It's all about balance."

Secondary Education Finance Reform: Pt. 1 of 3

  Secondary Education Finance Reform: Pt. 2 of 3

Secondary Education Finance Reform: Pt. 3 of 3



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