Students will be setting foot in newly-minted and modified public schools several months from now and Minister of Education Myron Walwyn is pushing to have properly-licensed and trained educators teaching in those schools.
He plans to accomplish this by restoring the Ministry’s licensing programme for teachers.
The minister announced plans to restore the programme by September.
To get licensed, educators must complete government-sponsored training from an accredited training institute.
So far, the government has been training its educators through the National College of Educational Leadership (NCEL) from Jamaica. More than 20 of the over-400 local educators have completed training already.
“Education isn’t just about a fancy building. It is the quality of instructions that we give in the classroom and so, as we get new buildings, I’ve asked my Permanent Secretary to move with absolute haste to get the licensing programme for teachers in place,” Walwyn said.
The minister made the statement at the groundbreaking ceremony for the reconstruction of Enis Adams Primary yesterday.
The school is being rebuilt with resilient and modern facilities, which is a new standard of how all public schools will be built, Walwyn said.
Enis Adams will be reconstructed with internet infrastructure, solar energy panels, wheelchair access throughout the structure, and disaster-resilient designs.
Other schools that will be rehabilitated in similar fashion include the Willard Wheatley, Francis Lettsome, Joyce Samuel, Alexandrina Maduro, Althea Scatliffe, and Ebenezer Thomas primary schools.
The Bregado Flax Educational Centre-Primary Division and the Claudia Creque Educational Centre are also part of that list.