The Ministry of Education has launched a five-year strategic plan to address the many challenges facing the education sector.
At the launch, Education Minister Priya Manickchand said the plan is a culmination of extensive consultations and collaboration with a range of local and international education stakeholders and partners.
It has been built on five pillars, which according to the Minister, effectively captures the core areas of demand in the education sector.
“Improving governance and accountability in this sector, improving performance at all levels, improving the efficiency of the system, reducing inequalities, and contributing to life-long learning and employability, are all strong attainable objectives. They aligned to the sustainable development goals and the manifesto promise of the political party which was elected into government,” the Minister said.
The Minister said while the education sector over the years has made significant strides, it is nowhere close to where it should be, explaining too that the covid-19 pandemic only made matters worse for the sector.
“It is vital that we translate these plans from its current theoretical state to workable, practicable dimensions. The success of this plan can only be realized, when every officer, every administrator, every teacher, student, parent, and stakeholder understand what it means in real terms for each of them”, she said.
Meanwhile, Chief Education Officer, Dr. Marcel Hutson, said the plan also aims to bridge the education divide between the coastland and hinterland.
“The plan will help keep children in school, and you will see that – from teachers to administrators keep them connected as we magnanimously embrace technical and vocational education, special education, the use of ITC, etc,” The CEO said.
The five-year plan also seeks to hold educators accountable for their actions and increase collaboration among stakeholders.
There have been previous plans developed for the sector over the years. The new plan is expected to build on the successes of the previous ones.