An invitation has been extended to Barbados to attend the 19th Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers, to be held in The Bahamas from June 22 to 26.

The offer came today from Deputy Secretary-General of the Commonwealth Secretariat, responsible for Economic and Social Development, Deodat Maharaj, during a courtesy call on Acting Minister of Education, Senator Harcourt Husbands, at the Ministry on Constitution Road.

Mr. Maharaj disclosed that the conference will discuss solutions for quality education for all Commonwealth Member States. An educational hub will also be launched, which is geared to link all Education Ministers, policy makers, Chief Education Officers, and education officials within the Commonwealth.

The two officials also discussed the issue of underachievement among male students. The Deputy Secretary-General revealed that Jamaica and St Lucia were currently tackling this issue with the help of the Commonwealth Secretariat, and issued an invitation to Barbados to participate in the discussions.

In response, Senator Husbands explained that his Ministry was very interested in finding a solution to this ???age-old problem???.??The Acting Education Minister also highlighted the country???s efforts to diversify the education system to ensure that students left school with not only their traditional qualifications, but also work-related skills.

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