BASSETERRE, St. Kitts -– The Ministry of Education, through the Curriculum Development Unit (CDU) is discussing a national curriculum reform program to improve learning. Jan 21-25 sessions engage stakeholders to map the way forward for education reform.
Policy Goal Two of the 2017 – 2021 Education Sector Plan addresses strengthening the quality and relevance of education at all levels to improve learning. An important outcome of the programme is implementing a revised national curriculum and learning assessment system.
Public consultations with parents, students, civil society, faith-based groups, industry, private sector, and the wider community on both St Kitts and Nevis were held at the Old Boys School and Old Girls’ School.
Dr. Jeff Orr and Dr. Monica Williams from the St. Francis Xavier University, Canada, facilitated one session.
“Nothing is more important to a nation than its education system,” said Dr. Orr. “It is the place where everyone has the opportunity to learn and develop knowledge about things. They also develop skills and the values needed to embark on a successful, important work. They in support not only their individual needs, but those of the nation as a whole.”
Dr. Orr said it is important to hear different perspectives and experiences to revise the national curriculum. He said that he was pleased that many persons, in particular students, came to participate in the sessions.
“It’s delightful and an honor to have so many students here with us today, Dr. Orr said. “This is really what curriculum and education are all about–making sure our systems do everything. That they provide opportunities for young people, students to have experiences, to help them be the best that they can be for their own individual desires and aspirations of learning but also for society.”
Dr. Orr said, “It is equally important for parents to participate in the meeting. He said parents are “a crucial part of the support for children and youth in schools.”
During the sessions various questions were posed by the facilitators including what the students liked about school, their favorite subjects and why.
Other workshops with key stakeholders within the education system began on Jan. 22 and conclude Jan. 24. There will also be visits to several educational institutions across the Federation on Jan. 25.