Ministry of Education welcomes new Permanent Secretary and shares plans for 2014

Wednesday, January 8, 2014 1:51 PM - St. George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, Wednesday, January 8, 2014 – GIS: The Management and Staff of the Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development welcome 2014 with renewed fervor and a new Permanent Secretary to drive the Ministry’s Strategic Plan for Improvement in 2014.

Ms. Ruth Elizabeth Rouse, well known in her capacity as High Commissioner to Grenada in London, has joined the team at the Ministry of Education as Permanent Secretary and is eager to implement strategies that will improve the efficiency of the institution.

Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Hon. Anthony Boatswain, outlined some of the main areas that would be improved during 2014 with administrative reform being given the most importance.

“We have been operating a Ministry whose records have not been computerized,” Minister Boatswain said. “In 2014, we plan to complete the process of computerizing all of our records.”

The Education Minister also expects the Education Management Information System (EMIS) that was introduced in 2013 to be completed within the first quarter of 2014 so that efficiency within the departments can be improved.

Another important reformation will be seen in the types of scholarships offered to students. Minister Boatswain hopes to complement the government’s policy of ‘Building a New Economy’ by ensuring that what the education system produces is consistent with what the work place requires.

“More emphasis will be placed on granting scholarships in the areas of Science and Technology, Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET), as well as in the areas of Research and Development,” Minister Boatswain said.

“These areas are highlighted because studies have shown that the jobs that will be created in the coming years will be skills-based and technology driven.”

Other areas that the Ministry plans to improve in 2014 are School Attendance, the enhancement of TVET subjects through the National Training Agency, the restructuring of TAMCC, development in Curriculum and Examinations and the rehabilitation and upgrading of schools.

The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development would like to take this opportunity to extend best wishes to all students, teachers and staff for a great school year and continued success in learning and skills development both within the classroom and beyond.







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