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The development of a first class education system, which will enable the country to meet the challenges of the 21st century, highlighted discussions at the regional Round Table Talk on Education held at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education on Friday, February 20.
Educators, community groups and members of the public were given the opportunity to make their contributions on the curriculum and infrastructural changes they want to see implemented in schools to improve the education system.
The exercise was part of a series of similar events being held across the country by the Ministry of Education.
Principals and teachers from schools in Portland, St. Thomas and St. Mary, as well as representatives from several government and non-government organizations took part in the discussions.
Among the proposals coming out of the discussion were the provision of adequate budgetary resources for the education system, the attainment of 100 per cent numeracy and literacy in primary schools within ten years, ensuring that teachers only teach subjects which they are trained to teach, the provision of more trained graduates as teachers in schools and the provision of adequate computer training courses for students.
The proposals will be submitted to the National Task Force on Education for its deliberation.
Speaking at the Round Table talks, Minister of Education, Youth and Culture, Maxine Henry-Wilson said the discussions were of critical importance in determining the type and quality of the education system, which the country would develop for the future.
Observing that current global realities required the country to have an education system, which would bring the best out of students, Minister Henry-Wilson said the time to institute the changes that would make that objective a reality was now.
In acknowledging the benefits the country has derived from the current education system, the Education Minister urged all well thinking persons to partner with government to enable the country to develop an education system that would enhance its competitiveness in the global economy.

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