Minister of Education and Human Resource Development, Ronald Jones (FP)??

Local secondary and tertiary education stand to benefit from the availability of funds recently secured by the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

The $20 Million loan is earmarked for improving secondary and tertiary education in order to ensure that graduates develop skills necessary to either pursue further education or enter the job market.??

Minister of Education and Human Resource Development, Ronald Jones, announced the loan agreement while addressing the opening of the National Consultation on Literacy and Adult Education at the Ministry’s Headquarters, Elsie Payne Complex under the theme: Harnessing the Power and Potential of Literacy and Adult Education for a Sustainable and Viable Future.

"One of the main goals of the four-year programme is to help boost the percentage of students passing secondary exams in reading, writing and Mathematics from existing percentages to higher ones," said Mr. Jones, adding that another key goal of the loan agreement was to ensure that 5,650 unskilled workers were trained and certified by the Competency-Based Training Fund.

This, he noted, would be undertaken in partnership with the business sector of Barbados through the Technical Vocational and Educational Training Council.


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