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  • The Ministry of Education has plans to launch a television channel later this year
  • The channel will feature mastery lessons in subject areas where some schools do not have the necessary expertise
  • Rev. Thwaites emphasised that the progress of children in school must be monitored by parents

The Ministry of Education has plans to launch a television channel later this year, featuring mastery lessons in subject areas where some schools do not have the necessary expertise.

Making the announcement at a recent back-to-school ceremony held at the Alpart Sport Club in Nain, St. Elizabeth, Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites said the medium will be “entirely devoted directly and through the cable to learning good instructions in Mathematics and English”.

“This is the channel you must choose for yourselves, and for your children. You can watch the other things, but try your best to make sure that you are benefitting from the best teaching that we can give. Master teachers in the areas that you might not have readily available in your small school, you will be able to get through this venture,” he told the audience of teachers, students and community leaders.

The Minister urged parents to get to know teachers from the start of the new school term, and maintain regular dialogue with them. Rev. Thwaites emphasised that the progress of children in school must be monitored by parents, and that discussions should be held between teachers and parents at least once per month.

Meanwhile, he challenged teachers to not just begin with the curriculum, but to ensure that they understand the children’s needs. “Make sure you know what their individual learning profiles are, make sure you know what their strengths and weaknesses are. Take the time to make up for whatever deficiency or challenge that they have,” he stated.