Consultations begin to transform education sector


The Ministry of Education has commenced a series of consultations with stakeholders in the education sector to assess the sector and conceptualise recommendations which will enhance it.

The consultations commenced on Tuesday morning at the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD) and were led by Minister of Education Priya Manickchand with representatives from the National Interim Parent Teacher Association Body.

Minister of Education, Priya Manickchand addresses representatives of the National Interim PTA (Photo: Ministry of Education/May 31, 2022)

Manickchand explained that the purpose of the exercise is to examine all that has happened over the last two and half years including the closure of schools, measures to safely reopen schools and plans to transform the education sector, a press release from the Ministry noted.

The consultations are being held to determine short, medium, and long-term measures to provide quality education to all learners in line with the Ministry’s 2030 vision of “providing opportunities for quality, equitable education and lifelong learning for all.”

The ministry noted that there are five sub-themes which will be discussed during the consultations: inclusive, equitable, safe and healthy schools; learning and skills for life, work and sustainable development; digital learning and transformation; teachers, teaching and the teaching profession and financing of education.

Tuesday’s sessions focused on “inclusive, equitable, safe and healthy schools” and were chaired by Marti Desouza, Deputy Chief Education Officer – AHED. The participants examined current systems to determine what needs to be done to improve them, the release noted.

The consultations are expected to take place over the next two weeks across the country.

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