A programme developed by the Bishop John Cline-led New Life Baptist Church has been given a place in the territory’s school curriculum.
Education Minister Myron Walwyn said his ministry has had discussions with the church to implement what is being called a ‘core values programme’ in local schools.
“I have asked the Chief Education Officer to ensure that this core values programme is in place in this term of the academic year,” Walwyn said.
“I am asking all teachers to do your best to help with the implementation of this much-needed programme,” he added.
The minister made the announcement on Monday while noting what he described as “very disturbing trends in certain schools”.
Meanwhile, in an interview with BVI News this week, Bishop Cline said the programme will focus on five core values – integrity, service, respect, excellence, and discipline.
“We have introduced it to our church,” the clergyman said. “We then decided that we would approach the Ministry of Education to introduce this programme into the schools as an add-on to the curriculum – an elective if you put it that way.”
Cline said he hopes other members of the BVI Christian Council will assist to roll out the programme, which he said is still at the infancy stage.
“The details are still being worked out with the Ministry of Education. We will be following their lead in whatever they ask us to do,” the bishop told BVI News.
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