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MAJOR SUCCESS FOR 22ND OECS MINISTERS OF EDUCATION MEETING
Tuesday 29th May 2012

Minister of Education, Dr. Hon Jacqui Quinn Leandro has hailed as very successful the two day meeting of OECS Ministers of Education just concluded in Basseterre St. Kitts.

The Ministers examined the  OECS Sector Strategy for 2012  to 2021. Under the theme “Every Learner succeeds”; Ministers accepted the concept paper as a “strong mandate going forward to assist in the development of education in the region”.

The Ministers also discussed early childhood education; the UNICEF Child Friendly Schools initiative; teacher professional development ; the CXC CCSLC third form exam and the new Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment; which has been piloted in Grenada and Anguilla.

Minister Quinn-Leandro presented a paper on the concerns about  the Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence, CCSLC  and the reservations which parents, teachers and students have expressed about its relevance, currency and cost. In the discussion which revealed that only limited use of the exam has been operational around the OECS; CXC Registrar Dr. Didacus Jules   listened to the concerns and committed CXC to reviewing the cost.

According to Minister Quinn-Leandro; the Ministers spent some time mulling the improvement of Mathematics across the region; sharing good practices for improving the delivery of Mathematics and devising ways in which region wide training can be put in place to improve the performance in Mathematics.

The Education Ministers also agreed on engaging the University of the West Indies in discussions on the way forward in the expansion and transformation of tertiary education to meet the needs of the OECS region beyond the Open Campus format. Three territories: Dominica, St. Lucia and Antigua and Barbuda; have already begun to make moves to set up national universities in light of increasing demands for access to tertiary education by their populations. However, discussions centred on  deeper engagement  with UWI, which is already acclaimed as opposed to going the route of national universities.

At the end of the meeting Minister Quinn-Leandro offered to host the  23rd  Meeting of OECS Ministers of Education in St. John’s Antigua in June 2013.


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