Sunday 20 September, 2020

PHOTOS: Education Minister wants a focus on skills in schools too

Santia Bradshaw, Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training

Santia Bradshaw, Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training

- by Katrina King

An upgrade of the Barbadian educational system might be in the works, according to Minister of Education, Technological and Vocational Training Santia Bradshaw.

“The Ministry will be exploring the upgrade of the education system to place greater emphasis on practical or vocational learning so that it better complements the existing system,” stated Bradshaw at the closing ceremony for the inaugural biennial Worldskills Barbados Juniors (WSBJ) Competition.

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She also revealed that the Ministry of Education is currently developing a new National TVET Policy that will be shortly launched.

The minister emphasized that an integrated learning approach was necessary to accommodate the learning types and levels of all students who entered the national educational system.

“The reality is that Barbados can no longer afford to overlook the persons who sometimes fall through the cracks of the education system because their learning style [is] different from others. We have to be able to create a system that is better suited for a more practical and integrated approach to learning,” she continued.

Pointedly speaking to the 10 schools that made it to the finals, Bradshaw reiterated that it was the responsibility of the Ministry of Education  to ensure that the students not only have a skill but they could become employers and employees.

The Minister went on to disclose that participants of the Competitors Development Programme of Worldskills Barbados 2020 will be able to gain core skills certification from the TVET Council as part of the National or Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ). Through this initiative, Barbados will be able to offer soft skills training and core skill certification to countries in the Caribbean and Americas.

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