Castries, Saint Lucia: Four secondary schools in Saint Lucia have been transformed into technical institutes. The Piaye, Angier, Grand Rivière and John Odlum high schools are now oriented towards Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET).
Education, Sustainable Development, Innovation, Science, Technology and Skills Training Minister Shawn Edward said this investment in skills development will benefit students and the country.
“We all know that students learn differently. We intend to meet them at their respective levels. The one-size-fits-all approach to educating our young people must not be allowed to continue any longer. We need to recognize their talents and passions and create spaces of professional excellence where they can have the opportunity to pursue and recognize their dreams,” he said.
At the same time, the Ministry of Education continues its efforts to achieve technological integration in schools with the distribution of learning devices to students. The announcement came as Education Minister Shawn Edward addressed the nation for the start of the 2022 school year.
“The intention is to ensure that our students become proficient and creative in the digital environment while promoting the responsible use of technology. As a 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, we are continuing to distribute devices to first, second and (in some cases) third year students.
Primary schools will also benefit from more than 2,000 smart devices and classrooms.