Plans are under way for the staging of a national summit to address concerns within the local educational system.
Come Thursday, April 30, approximately 200 representatives from the island’s primary, secondary and tertiary institutions, along with representatives from the Ministry of Education will gather at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre in an attempt to find solutions to what has been described as an apparent decline in the skills and competencies of graduates entering the Barbadian workforce.
The Summit aims to examine the basic competencies of students at the primary, secondary and tertiary levels in the three core areas of English, Mathematics and Science, the reasons for any weaknesses identified in these areas and to devise strategies to address these deficiencies at each level of the education system.
The meeting will be attended by Senior Teachers from each of the island’s public primary schools, Heads of the English, Mathematics and Science Departments from the public secondary schools and representatives from the Barbados Community College, Samuel Jackman Prescod Polytechnic, Erdiston Teachers Training College and the Hospitality Institute.
Representatives from the Barbados Association of Secondary School Principals, the National Council of Parent Teacher Associations, the Barbados Union of Teachers, the Barbados Secondary Teachers Union, the Caribbean Examinations Council and the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus will also attend next week’s Summit.