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    • Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites says the plan to introduce academies that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), is aligned with the Government’s strategic objective of fostering sustained human capital development.
    • The decision is also in keeping with international trends in education, where more emphasis is being placed on helping students to learn based on their individual aptitudes.
    • The proposed academies will focus on technology and innovation and promote the requisite curricula that instill the requisite cognitive, technical, and entrepreneurial and employability skills.

    Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites says the plan to introduce academies that focus on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), is aligned with the Government’s strategic objective of fostering sustained human capital development.

    The Education Minister, who was speaking in a recent interview with JIS News, said the decision is also in keeping with international trends in education, where more emphasis is being placed on helping students to learn based on their individual aptitudes.

    “The plan is to transform technical schools and a few selected others into academies dedicated to the teaching of STEM,” Rev. Thwaites said.

    Originally, technical schools prepared students for industrial or manufacturing jobs. The proposed academies will focus on technology and innovation and promote the requisite curricula that instill the requisite cognitive, technical, and entrepreneurial and employability skills.

    Rev. Thwaites explained that the difference between STEM academies and the current technical schools is that the academies will offer a more rounded educational experience.  They will offer selected disciplines in the STEM range and others based on the job market.

    Entrepreneurial training will also be factored into the curriculum to ensure that students are able to transition smoothly into the job market as employees and employers.

    In the earlier grades, the academies will offer English, Mathematics and Civics, then the curriculum will change as students begin to specialise in their chosen fields, which will be linked to labour market demands.

    “STEM aims to foster enquiring minds, logical reasoning and collaborative skills in comparison to the heavy emphasis on recall and memorization,” Rev Thwaites stated.

    It is proposed that the academies be aligned to HEART/NTA workforce colleges and select tertiary institutions will be asked to oversee their operations.  The private sector is also being encouraged to provide expertise and other resources in the form of sponsorship and apprenticeship.