Basseterre, Saint Kitts, August 31, 2021 (SKNIS): As the schools of the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis prepare to welcome students again for the 2021-2022 school year, the Minister of Education, the Hon. Jonel Powell, at the virtual opening ceremony, said the Department of Education continues to trust teachers and administrators in the educational process. He also presented a number of new projects that will be implemented for the 2021-2022 school year.
âIt became the responsibility of the state to arrange for our children to receive a quality education and training that would prepare and equip our children for nation building. This sacred responsibility is entrusted to our teachers. Therefore, the Department of Education continues to trust our teachers and administrators as they make many personal sacrifices in the process of educating, training, training, inspiring these impressionable young minds. incurred at their expense. As Minister of Education, I show my utmost respect and admiration for the teachers who, day in and day out, selflessly, creatively, joyfully and courageously fulfill this sacred responsibility entrusted to them. Said Minister Powell.
Teachers and administrators have worked tirelessly during the pandemic to educate and support their students and colleagues, ensuring that a high level of learning is always available to students, in person or virtually. Minister Powell also outlined a number of new initiatives that will be implemented to strengthen the delivery of education and to better prepare students for the 21st century workforce.
âI am happy to recognize and applaud the prominent place that must be given to technical and vocational education and training in our Federation education system. All students in our schools, regardless of their intellectual ability, should have the opportunity to acquire technical and professional skillsâ¦ This project was carried out as part of the TVET improvement project financed by the Development Bank of the Caribbean and the federal government. The set of works carried out in the secondary schools included the renovation of the domestic economic centers and the carpentry workshops in all the secondary schools; Electrical laboratories at Cayon High and Washington Archibald High Schools; the clothing and textiles centers at Verchild’s High, Washington Archibald High, Saddlers Secondary and Charles E. Mills Secondary; the Home Management Flat at Cayon High and a new CAD-equipped technical drafting room at Charles E. Mills, âsaid Minister Powell.
Minister Powell also announced that people from across the education sector in Saint Kitts and Nevis have formed a central committee to develop the concept and framework for establishing a national training institute in the Federation. This initiative will lead to the merger of TVET spaces in Saint Kitts and Nevis.