(EMU) – St. Kitts, January 23rd, 2019 -- Starting the week of January 21st, the Ministry of Education began consultations on a National Curriculum Reform that will allow students, parents, teachers, educators and the civic community across the Federation a chance to contribute to the development of said curriculum.
A team of consultants from MindBloom Consulting and St. Francis Xavier University is currently in the Federation on their inaugural mission to reform the education curriculum used by teachers within the learning institutions.
“An emphasis on goal-orientation, inclusive education and student assessment and achievement are the intentions,” stated Permanent Secretary in Education, Vincent Hodge.
The consultants are currently involved in a series of sessions at the Ocean Terrace Inn from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily with a broad cross section of senior educators to ensure that best practices in curriculum reform and they have the opportunity to shape the curriculum enhancement process that will occur over the next several years.
“There has been a lot of work done already, but we need to work together to consolidate that work and ensure that by the end of the week we have a consensus on the key priorities and we are moving in the right direction that is appropriate for your curriculum and nation,” Dr. Jeffrey Orr, Dean of Faculty of Education, St. Francis Xavier University.
Prior to the sessions the team paid a courtesy call on the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Vincent Hodge, Senior Assistant Secretary, Dr. Tricia Esdaille and Olston Strawn, Science and Technology Coordinator at the Curriculum Development Unit.
Additionally, the Ministry of Education is drawing on the experience and expertise of its local stakeholders; in partnership with the team of consultants, the Ministry conducted professionally monitored town hall forums on Monday 21st in which the consultants received detailed proposals and critical feedback.
The team will end the week with meetings with selected principals and staff at schools throughout the island.
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