Ministry Of Education Conducts Vulnerability Assessment Training

Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 10, 2017 (SKNIS): The Ministry of Education is conducting a week-long workshop from October 9 to 13 at the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA) conference room titled “Model Safe School Training Programme.” The workshop will assist in creating safer educational facilities and will comprise of information sessions at NEMA headquarters, as well as practical sessions at schools on St. Kitts and Nevis.The Ministry is doing this in collaboration with the National Emergency Management Agency (NEMA), the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA), the United Nations Office for Disaster Risk Reduction (UNISDR) and the Austrian Development Agency (ADA).

Ministry Of Education Receives 24 ASUS Laptops from Roc (Taiwan)

Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 09, 2017 (SKNIS): The Republic of China (Taiwan) has played a significant role in the field of education in St. Kitts and Nevis, says Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Education, Honourable Shawn Richards who, on October 07, 2017, accepted 24 ASUS Laptops for his Ministry at a celebratory dinner for Taiwan’s 106th National Day at the Ocean Terrace Inn (OTI).   “This we know is not the limit of your nation’s generosity to our nation. Tonight, we are heartened by your extraordinary kindness that is evident in your presentation of [these laptops] to the Ministry of Education,” he said.The minister said that the devices will provide an avenue for educational institutions to improve teaching and learning through the “infusion of more technological tools in classrooms.”

Minister Of Education Underscores Opportunities Available To Teachers For The 2017-2018 School Year

(EMU) – St. Kitts, October 09, 2017:  Following a very turbulent start with weather and other scheduling interruptions, Minister of Education, the Honourable Shawn Richards, said that schools are settled and educators geared as they move full force into the activities for 2017-2018. He underscored a number of opportunities that are available and encouraged teachers to position themselves to capitalize on them.On the heels of the celebration of World Teacher’s Day which was observed on Thursday, October 05 with a dinner for public school teachers as a show of solidarity and support,   the Minister has stated that individual teachers must now make use of the opportunities that are being provided to assist them in upgrading their skills and qualifications towards a better classroom experience. 

Ministry Of Education Engages Stakeholders On National Language Policy

(EMU) – St. Kitts, October 06, 2017: Representatives from the Curriculum Development Unit (CDU); Ministry of Education, Heads of Schools and other stakeholders gathered at the Agriculture Conference room on Tuesday to begin discussions on the development of a National Language Policy.The consultation was one component of the Organization of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) sponsored Early Learners Programme (ELP) geared at improving reading proficiency among the youngest primary school cohort. It is being conducted in collaboration with and as part of a larger programme of the Ministry of Education’s Curriculum review and assessment. Chief Education Officer, Dr Tricia Esdaille, and main facilitator for the Consultation noted that focus was placed on the development of a strategy that would bridge the learning gap between the home language/dialect which is most of the student’s first language and internationally recognized Standard English.

Ministry Addresses Teachers On World Teachers Day

(EMU) – St. Kitts, October 5, 2017: Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Mr William Hodge, said that the “Ministry of Education remains committed to helping teachers to improve their competitive advantage and overall competence.”  He was at the time making a national address to teachers in St. Kitts and Nevis on Thursday, 04 on the occasion of the observance of World Teachers’ Day 2017.  In his address to teachers, the permanent secretary explained how this commitment is playing out in the schools. “It fuels all of the recent upgrades in public school facilities, all of the training initiatives for teachers and school administrators at all levels of education, and all of the personal advancement attempts that the Ministry of Education has sponsored and facilitated,” he stated. 

New Teaching Recruits Begin Critical Training In-Service Sessions

(EMU) – St. Kitts, October 4, 2017: Over twenty-five new recruits to the teaching profession began sessions that will help prepare them to take control of their classrooms from the outset.  “There is nothing like stepping into a classroom for the first time and seeing 25 sets of eyes staring back at you,” stated Mr. Sylvester Charles, chairperson of the opening ceremony for the Ministry of Education’s In-Service Training for new school teachers on Tuesday October 03. “In the face of the daunting experience of facing a full classroom of students Mr. Charles said the ministry organized the course for new teachers to assist them in overcoming the associated anxieties.  Deputy Chief Education Officer, Darryll Lloyd, further emphasized the view that the In Service Training would enhance work performance and motivation of new teachers.

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