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  • Seventy basic schools will be converted to infant departments, and infant schools, during this fiscal year.
  • The initiative is among a number of strategies the Government is implementing to strengthen the early childhood sector.
  • The Governor-General said more Youth Information Centres (YIC) will be constructed during the year.

Seventy basic schools will be converted to infant departments, and infant schools, during this fiscal year.

The initiative is among a number of strategies the Government is implementing to strengthen the early childhood sector, as it moves to transform the education system.

This was revealed by Governor-General, His Excellency the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, as he delivered the Throne Speech today (April 3) in Gordon House, signalling the start of the 2014/15 fiscal year.

Other initiatives to be pursued in the area of education include: the recruitment and deployment of 90 reading coaches in 495 primary level institutions; the training of 100 early childhood practitioners; and the full integration of Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) programmes and practices into the formal education system.

The Governor-General advised that the new fiscal year will also see the implementation and enhancement of Information and Communications Technology (ICT) to improve administration and curriculum delivery; and the modernisation of the School-Feeding programme.

“Whilst education is a lifelong matter, it is largely one for the youth. Our initiatives, with the support of key partners, will have a positive impact on the development of our youth,” he stated.

On the matter of youth development, the Governor-General said more Youth Information Centres (YIC) will be constructed during the year. The ‘I Say I’ Programme, which seeks to prevent and reduce the incidents of youth violence, will also be enhanced.

The National Youth Service’s (NYS) Graduate Work Employment Programme, will also be improved. Under the programme over 350 university graduates have already been placed in work internships.

The Governor-General further advised that youth training workshops will be expanded in 2014/15. Last year 9,000 youths benefitted from training and short-term work experience, under the initiative.