Introduction on the Curriculum Planning and Development Division
The Curriculum Planning and Development Division (CPDD) is located at the Rudranath Capildeo Learning Resource Centre , Mc Bean Village, Couva. At the RCLRC compound, there is a Teacher Education Library, a state-of-art auditorium, the School Broadcasting Unit, The School Publication Unit, and the Curriculum Planning and Development Division. The Curriculum establishment comprises 1 Director, 1 Assistant Director, 26,Curriculum Coordinators and 98 Curriculum Officers, together with the secretariat and other the operational staff.
The primary function of the CPDD is managing the curriculum development process which includes curriculum design/development, implementation, monitoring, evaluation and review, for primary to post-secondary (Advanced Level). Apart from these functions and providing support to internal stakeholders, the CPDD also facilitates a myriad of curriculum-related activities involving other government ministries and agencies, corporate citizens, non-governmental organizations (NGOs), and faith-based organizations (FBOs), related to the following areas: Physical Education and Sports, Visual and Performing Arts,
Technical Vocational Education and Training, Physical Sciences, Technology Education, Mathematics, Social Sciences, Language Arts and Modern Languages.
The CPDD functions as champions of the school curriculum which serves as a medium for ensuring that students achieve the value outcomes as stated in the Mission Statement of the Ministry of Education.
The CPDD therefore helps to bring policy to fruition through the curriculum development process. The Division makes use of research on best practices for curriculum development and implementation to achieve educational objectives. It also makes recommendations on the acceptability and implications of curriculum offerings which have been developed regionally and internationally. The other major objective is to support the achievement of a seamless education system that will ensure that students are afforded real opportunities for holistic development mindful of their individual educational needs.
The CPDD is responsible for
- the design, development, review and evaluation of curricula in specific subject area(s) at both primary and secondary levels.
- the monitoring and evaluation of the implementation of the curricula in the classroom.
- the design and development of instructional materials that supports the implementation of the curricula.
- the design and development of instructional materials for training workshops
- the design and development of national assessments: National Test (Primary), Primary School Leaving Certificate - PSLC (Post Primary), National Certificate of Secondary Education - NCSE (Secondary)
- the provision of technical support as members of District Management Teams and as national officers.
- the review of instructional materials to determine suitability and alignment with the national curriculum.
- the assessment of academic and technical qualifications for offices in the teaching service.
- the provision of technical support to the Teaching and Teacher Development Division in organizing and facilitating teacher training programmes.
- the assessment of foreign High School Diplomas and Certificates for equivalency to locally recognized ordinary level qualifications.
- management of the Part Time Programme of Continuing Education (PTPCE).
- provision of technical support to the Human Resource Division of the Ministry of Education and the Teaching Service Commission in the selection of candidates to serve as teachers in Trinidad and Tobago.
- the monitoring of teacher performance in certain practical areas of curriculum delivery for certification and upgrade
- the submission of recommendations and reports to support the development of policy as it relates to:
- - curriculum and curriculum related matters,
- - learning environments and
- - the professional development of teachers and Heads of Department.
- liaising with internal and external partners to achieve Ministry objectives for high quality educational and certification opportunities as it relates to:
- - development and administration of regional examinations
- - development and administration of national examinations
- - evaluation of applicants’ suitability for teaching or middle management of schools
- - the development and operation of a vocational qualifications regime
- - the development and operation of desirable knowledge, skills and attitudes