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Gov’t to forge ‘closer’ relations with private schools

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In an effort to get a more accurate representation of overall student-performance territory-wide, the Ministry of Education intends to create closer ties with privately-owned and operated schools in the British Virgin Islands.

Governor Augustus Jaspert said the BVI Education Act will be amended to do so.

“Our government believes that it is important to forge a closer monitoring relationship with the private schools. One example is data collection from private schools to better analyse and report on the status of education in the territory as a whole,” the governor said while delivering the Speech from the Throne last week.

‘Unfair’ practises

The local education ministry has been known to omit data from private schools when they (the ministry) are reporting on the performance of local students; especially for the regional Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) exams.

A number of residents, over the years, have therefore made calls for the territory’s legislators to be fairer, and include private school passes in the yearly education report.

Just last year, controversy erupted after the student who was named as the ‘BVI’s top CXC student’ was not the actual best-performing student. That was because the ministry selected its top student from the public school sector rather than from both public and private schools, collectively.

But, such partiality is expected to end with the upcoming amendment to the Education Act.

Governor Jaspert said the amendment will “bring this legislation in line with the technological learning preferences and expectations of students in this and future era.”

The SMART schools initiative

In the meantime, Jaspert said the Dr D Orlando Smith-led administration remains “committed to the educational development and will continue its SMART school initiative.”

SMART – sustained mitigation, adaptation and resilient techniques – is an arrangement between the Ministry of Education, the Department of Disaster Management, Adventist Development and Relief Agency, and the United Nations Children’s Fund, to ensure that schools are safe, healthy, and green.

Jaspert said: “Our Government is mindful that in today’s technological age, the education system is evolving and the territory’s schools must keep pace with the rest of the world.”

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  1. ndp heckler says:

    Here we go again with more photo ops

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  2. 123 says:

    education under ball head is at a real low smh

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  3. Former private school student says:

    Soo he’s going to do this and might give them scholarships after our parents had to pay for school out of pocket.

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    • Hmmm says:

      Clearly your parents wasted money on you since you don’t seem to understand the whole point of private school is to be an alternative to government funded education.

      There isn’t anything to be bitter about.

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  4. Former Private School Student says:

    So, they’re doing this, which may lead to students getting scholarships, after some classes didn’t get any. Parents had to pay straight out of pocket for school. Which I must say isn’t cheap.

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    • @Former Private school student says:

      That was then,this is now.My parents also paid for my education out of their pockets. Pay your parents back like I did and call it a day.

  5. Judge says:

    Please also address disciplinary action for private schools in the education act. Some of these private schools are out of order.

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