Tobago Education Stakeholders Consulted
Government of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago
MINISTRY OF EDUCATION
CORPORATE COMMUNICATIONS DIVISION
Education Towers, No.5 St. Vincent Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad
Tobago Education Stakeholders Consulted
Parents and partners in education on the sister island of Tobago are being challenged to work with the Ministry of Education to ensure the students we produce in the classrooms realise their full potential and become exceptional citizens. This challenge from the Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education as he addressed over 150 persons at the final public consultation on the Draft Education Policy Paper 2017-2022 on Tuesday 27th November, 2018 at the Victor. E. Bruce Financial Complex in Scarborough.
“It is my hope that today will be filled with rich discussion focused on the development of education in Trinidad and Tobago. At the Ministry of Education and in the Division of Education, Innovation and Energy, we have been working ceaselessly to ensure that we can provide to this country’s students an education that is of the highest quality, accessible and equitable to all. We aim to achieve this through strategic leadership and management within our schools, trained and qualified teachers in our classrooms and policies that are developed through extensive research and input from you, our stakeholders,” he said.
The Honourable Kelvin Charles, Chief Secretary of the Tobago House of Assembly (THA) also addressed stakeholders, saying the consultations on education are very important and forms part of the THA’S social contract to develop a robust education system and a hospitable and productive people. “We understand that as we design the appropriate Curriculum for our students, that part of the output would indeed reflect a cadre of young persons that epitomize characteristics such as loyalty patriotism and pride.” Dr the Honourable Lovel Francis, Minister of State in the Ministry of Education also delivered remarks at the Consultation.
Representatives from the Denominational Boards, TTUTA and the NPTA, YTEPP, School for the Deaf, Special Education Institutions, the Tourism & Hospitality Sectors, principals and former educators were all in attendance. They were very vocal in their contributions on issues such as the 1963 Concordat, Curriculum Delivery, School Discipline & Management, ECCE, YTEPP, TEVET Training, Information Communications Technology, the role of parents in education and the promoting of patriotism, among other issues.
During the two day visit to Tobago, Ministers Anthony Garcia, Dr. Lovell Francis; Permanent Secretary, Lenor Baptiste - Simmons ; Chief Education Officer, Harrilal Seecharra and other senior MOE officials also met with THA Chief Secretary, Kelvin Charles and members of the THA for discussions on issues such as School Based Assessment: ECCE; Curriculum Training; Clinical Supervision; Professional Development and other issues. They also visited the Hope Anglican Primary School for a special literacy computer programme.
The Ministry of Education held two previous Public Consultations during the month of October, 2018 at UTT, Campus, Valsayn and Naparima College, San Fernando. Several focus group meetings were also held with TTUTA, NPTA and the Principals’ Associations and other education interest groups to solicit their opinions on the document. Members of the public and other stakeholders have also been making written submissions as part of the Consultation process. The Draft Policy Paper having gone to Cabinet is now the Green Paper on Education and seeks to articulate the direction of the Ministry of Education. Coming out of the 2016 Consultations, there were a number of recommendations and suggestions in terms of improving the Education System.
Released on 30th November, 2018
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