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Minister of Education and Youth, Maxine Henry Wilson has urged teachers and other stakeholders in the sector to work together to achieve the transformation targets in each school, and take the necessary preparatory steps that will set the tone for the new school year.
Mrs. Henry Wilson, who made the call in a back-to-school broadcast on Thursday (August 30), informed that all school boards and principals are in place for the start of the school year. She advised teachers to take the time leading up the commencement of the new school year to attend developmental and professional workshops, and get lesson plans and learning resources ready.
“This is a requirement and not an option. All teachers must use this time to be fully prepared for school, such as having their lesson plans and other teaching and learning resources ready for all subject areas,” she emphasized.
Mrs. Henry Wilson also reminded that the required evaluation and appraisal programme for teachers will continue, pointing out that this is not a mechanism for dismissal but a requirement for the job that aims to improve the quality of the teaching and learning process.
The Minister urged all stakeholders to resolve to enhance performance in the system, starting with the Grade One Inventory, whose findings she noted, need to improve to “reflect better preparedness for learning by our children”. She said that literacy at Grades Three and Four “must show a higher level of mastery,” and mooted for improvement in the national average for Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) that will show “a narrowing of the gap between those at the top and those at the bottom on the performance ladder”.
“Every student who takes the GSAT examination must be performing in literacy and numeracy at a minimum at the grade level,” she posited.
Mrs. Henry Wilson requested that these objectives “be cascaded down throughout the system to represent the minimal targets of each school.”
“Only by planning, objective setting, provision of the requisite teaching support, teacher performance, and an environment conducive to learning will we be able to meet these objectives,” she affirmed.
The Minister urged all to be motivated by the desire to bring about these targets. “We have to work together to give meaning to our commitment that every child can learn and every child must.” she asserted. The new school year begins on September 10.