St. LUCIA: Four secondary schools in Saint Lucia have now begun to function as technical institutes. The Piaye, Angier, Grand Rivière and John Odlum high schools have now moved towards Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
According to Shawn Edward, Minister of Education, Sustainable Development, Innovation, Science, Technology and Skills Training, this form of investment in skills would benefit both students and the country.
He added that we all know that students learn differently. Thus, we intend to meet them at their respective levels. He expressed that the “One Size Fits All” approach must not be allowed to continue when it comes to raising children.
He said we need to recognize their talents and passions and create spaces that are centers of professional excellence, where (students) can have the opportunity to pursue and achieve their dreams.
In the meantime, the Ministry of Education is pursuing its goal of technological integration in schools by distributing learning devices to students.
Education Minister Shawn Edward made the above-mentioned announcement while addressing the nation to give the green light for the start of the new 2022-23 school year.
The Minister of Education further added that the government intends to ensure that (our) pupils have the chance to become competent and creative in the digital environment. At the same time, the government of Saint Lucia seeks to promote responsible use of technology among students.
He said, “As government, we remain steadfast in our commitment to pursue a transformative education agenda, and we support the mantra that no student, no child will be left behind.
Therefore, as promised, (the government of Saint Lucia) continues to distribute devices to students in first, second and (in some cases) third.
Primary schools will also benefit from more than 200 smart devices and classrooms.