The Registrar of the Caribbean Examinations Council, Glenroy Cumberbatch, believes that there may be a need to ensure the teaching and training being offered to the region’s children coincides with the needs of the region.
Speaking at the accreditation ceremony to award Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQs) in Guyana, Mr. Cumberbatch complained that the education and training provided to students of the Caribbean is for the most part disconnected from the human resource which the region needs for its economic development.
He said there is the need to align education and training with the needs of the region.
“Every country across the world is educating people…. the purpose basically is to ensure that they develop good citizens who can contribute to the social and economic development of our countries, not to see how many people get grades one at the CXC (Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate) examinations or to see how many people have degrees”, Cumberbatch noted.
The registrar stressed the importance of identifying 21st century learning skills and integrating them with the training which is delivered to students of the Caribbean.
Guyana and a number of other Caribbean countries have been embracing vocational training and education more to cater for a changing job market.
The Minister stated that the fact that CVQS are coming on the heels of the previous accreditation of National Vocational Qualifications (NVQs), they are providing for the integration of technical and vocation education systems into a wider Caribbean TVET system.
Further, the Minister said TVET education, which is now need driven is a sure way to ensure high productivity of individual workers and the region as a whole.
The implication of this development has far reaching effects for CARICOM. The movement of skills will be easily facilitated and accomplished since all of the countries will be operating within one human resource development education system. It will also provide one trajectory for the engagement of the rest of the world with regard to the movement of skills beyond the region.