The Ministry of Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, having recently introduced the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence (CCSLC), will host a series of town hall meetings to sensitise parents, guardians and teachers about the aims and objectives of the programme.

The first meeting will take place on Monday, October 21, at The St. Michael School, Martindales Road, and will be followed by another on Tuesday, October 22, at The Alexandra School, Queen???s Street, Speighstown, St. Peter. They both start at 5:30 p.m.

Key ministry officials are expected to be on hand to provide relevant information on the new programme. They are Chief Education Officer, Laurie King; Acting Deputy Chief Education Officer, (Planning and Development), Dr. Patricia Saul; Senior Education Officer (Curriculum and Assessment), Vaneisha Cadogan and Senior Education Officer (Examination), Glyne Price.

President of the National Council of Parent Teacher???s Association, Rhonda Blackman will also address the meetings.

The island???s introduction of the CCSLC is in keeping with the National Strategic objective of expanding access to a wide range of certification opportunities for all secondary students. It, therefore, seeks to increase the proportion of students leaving school with certification.

Certified by the Caribbean Examinations Council, CCLSC is considered a foundation for further education and training as well as expanded opportunities for entry-level employment.

Parents and guardians are being urged by the Ministry of Education to attend the meetings and learn more about CCSLC, particularly the Enrichment Programme. This is a compulsory component that is unique to Barbados. It seeks to broaden the experience of students beyond academic pursuits, helping them to develop attributes for good citizenry.

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