(EMU) – St. Kitts, August 23rd, 2017: The commencement of the 2017/2018 Academic Year is quickly approaching, and the Ministry of Education (M.O.E.) is taking all the necessary advances to ensure that teachers are adequately equipped.

“The need for teachers to constantly sharpen their skills, learn new trends and integrate technology instruction is vital,” stated Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mr. William Vincent Hodge. He also mentioned “We at the M. O. E. strongly believe that learning is student-centred and students should take a greater leadership role in terms of their learning.”

The annual summer workshop begins on Monday 28th August at 9:00 a.m. at the Rivers of Living Water Christian Centre; the teachers would then assemble at their respective schools for a general staff meeting in the afternoon. Tuesday 29th August - Friday 1st September, the teachers would meet at selected venues which would be announced on Monday 28th.

The Permanent Secretary noted that this year the Ministry of Education opted for a longer workshop citing, “The idea is to help teachers better prepare for their students as well as impart a greater emphasis on professional development,” the theme for which the workshop would be focused around is, “Education for All: Embracing the Change, Securing the Future.” Presenter, Mrs. Pauline Locker Bailey a retired educator, would address the teaching fraternity.

Mr. Hodge also announced that top ranking Ministry officials would visit the schools to present on the message, “You can do it, I believe in you.” Another change for this academic year is the starting date of classes. The Ministry announced that secondary school students are to report to their respective schools on Tuesday, 5th September at 8: 25 a.m. for student orientation. All students for primary and secondary schools are to report for their first full day of school on Wednesday 6th September at 8:25 a.m.