Saturday 22 September, 2018

Education professionals asked to do more for weak students

Education Minister Anthony Garcia and Minister Dr. Lovell Francis hit the ground running in their quest to ensure the Ministry's 445 primary and 125 secondary schools are effectively managed.

The two Ministers, accompanied by Permanent Secretary, Lenor Baptiste-Simmons, Chief Education Officer, Harrilal Seecharan and Senior Officials of the Ministry visited the Caroni Education District Office in Couva and the South Eastern Education District Office in Rio Claro on Tuesday 17th April, 2018.

They held discussions with School Supervisors, Curriculum Officers and Student Support Services Division Officers at the respective venues.

Lovell Francis in his address to the education professionals, stressed the need for quality teaching, leadership and management in order to improve the Education System. He commended them for their efforts, but also challenged them to pool their resources and target schools which have weak students in order to improve their academic performances.

The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education, called on the Supervisors to visit schools more regularly and to interact with teachers and students to ensure the curriculum and other support services are provided to give students the best opportunities to learn. Minister Garcia said he was pleased to visit the District Offices and to interact with staff to get firsthand experience of their operations and work environment.

Meanwhile, Permanent Secretary, Lenor Baptiste-Simmons, a former Director of the Education Planning Division of the Ministry, spoke about the importance of collecting and analysing data in order to make informed decisions at all levels.

She pledged support for all educational initiatives being undertaken by the District Offices.  Chief Education Officer, Harrilal Seecharan spoke about the issue of school drop outs, and the cost implications to the national economy.

He instructed them to identify students who are not meeting the academic standards and treat with it urgently. Mr Seecharan lamented that every student missed is one too many.

There are 67 primary and 20 secondary schools in the Caroni Education District, while the South Eastern Education District has 51 primary and 16 secondary schools.

The visits to the Caroni and South Eastern Education Districts Offices follow similar visits to the Port of Spain and Environs, St, George East, Victoria and St. Patrick Education District Offices last month.

Other members of the Senior MOE team, who visited the Caroni and South Eastern Education District Offices on Tuesday 17th April, 2018 were, Kurt Meyer, Permanent Secretary (Ag.), Deputy Permanent Secretaries, Sharon Ashman-John, Lisa-Thomas-Carmichael, Shobha Jaisir (Ag.), Advisor to Minister Garcia, Cheryl Ann-Wilkinson, Director of School Supervision, John Thompson  and Head of the Curriculum Division of the MOE, John Roopchan.

 

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