Education Ministry To Push After-School Activities Jermine Abel Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Ionie Liburd-Willett The Ministry of Education is looking to push more after-school activities for children that are not “academically inclined”, according to Permanent Secretary, Ionie Liburd-Willett. Speaking with The Observer, she explained that government is looking to resuscitate the Boys and Girls Scouts, music and instrument classes, along with after-school games for the children. She is hopeful that this will instill discipline in the federation’s children. “We want to reach those children who are not so academically inclined and who may have time on their hands after school. We want to engage them until their parents get home after work. PS Willett gave the interview following her speech at a graduation ceremony for more than 30 students of a Summer Music Workshop. “We have already spoken with partners to get some musical instruments. What you are seeing here is something of what we would like to have in the schools,” she pointed out. The Permanent Secretary said that based on research carried out by various organizations, a number of children have been found to be not academically inclined. “You would find that based on research some of them are challenged with the academics and we may be able to meet them. On the other hand the arts may be a way to meet some of these children as well.” She posited that the students may also learn a ‘skill” coming out of such programs.