(EMU) – St. Kitts, February 25, 2016: With the aim of significantly improving service delivery for all learners, the Ministry of Education in St. Kitts and Nevis conducted an Education Sector Plan, Programme Development Workshop on February 23rd – 25th.
Facilitator, Mr. Marcus Edwards, Education Planning Specialist and Chief Education Officer (St. Lucia) explained why the sector development plan was relevant at this time, “The plan has been preceded by an Education Sector Diagnosis (ESD) – which presented a thorough assessment of the education sector to get a sense of the extent to which the operations, programmes, strategies and policies were relevant and effective. This ESD identified a number of issues that required immediate, medium and long-term intervention, as well as laid the foundation for the development of a new Education Sector Development Plan.
The Ministry has been working to develop this plan to guide policy action over the next five years and to align its policies with initiatives such as the OECS Education Sector Strategy as well as the new Global Mandate for Education for ALL which promises inclusive and quality education and promotion of lifelong learning.
According to Dr Neva Pemberton, Coordinator of the Education Policy Review Initiative, some strategies developed to reach the Ministry’s overall objectives includes, “Access and participation, curriculum and assessment, quality and relevant teaching and learning, professional life in the teaching force, knowledge management for decision making, leadership and accountability and policy coordination development and implementation.”
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education Hon. Shawn K. Richards in addressing the opening ceremony, commended the core tea urged toe core team of Ministry professionals to keep up the momentum, “After careful analysis of the education system and broad based consultations on the state of education in the Federation, the Ministries of Education in St. Kitts and Nevis have reached consensus on the policy goals to be pursued over the next five years to strengthen education provision in St. Kitts and Nevis.”
The Minister stated the importance of the sector’s policy toward human resource development, “We must work to improve equitable access and participation on all levels particularly at secondary schools and beyond. More students need to successfully complete a full five-year cycle of secondary education in order to receive adequate preparation for the world of work and/or higher education.”
Workshop participants included representatives from both Ministries of Education within the Federation including, Education Officers, Curriculum Officers, Heads of Departments and Principals of various High Schools.