Education Minister leads delegation on visit to Schools in River Sallee

Tuesday, March 3, 2015 3:25 PM - George's, Grenada
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ST. GEORGE, GRENADA, March 3, 2015 - GIS: As part of his commitment to strengthen the lines of communication between the ministry and its extended family of schools, Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Hon. Anthony Boatswain, visited the River Sallee Pre-School and the River Sallee Government School on February 26, 2015.

Addressing the students and staff of the River Salle Pre-School, which was the first stop that morning, Boatswain said, “If we have to build a viable and sustainable education system, we have to ensure that at the pre-school level, the foundation is solid.” The Minister went on to say that this is the reason why the government has and continues to invest in the training of early childhood education teachers.

“When you invest in early childhood education the returns are great. It is found that for every $1 that is invested in a child, the return is $7,” said Mrs. Cynthia Isaac, Early Childhood Education Officer, quoting a study done by David Wyckoff.

During the visit, students charmed their visitors with their drama, poetry, dances and songs.

In a meeting with La Borde, the staff and the rest of the delegation, the Parliamentary Representative assured the principal that he would assist with improving facilities at the school, starting with the provision of a computer and printer, through the Special Projects Fund.

The team was given a rousing welcome at the River Sallee Government School, by Principal Jean James-Ross and her team and featured a programme that was punctuated by drama, dance, poetry and song.

James-Ross, in her address, cited the many accomplishments of the school, which is home to 160 students. She also said, “With dignity, we have acknowledged the task given to us by parents, guardians and the Ministry of Education. Through spiritual growth, personal development and professionalism, we are committed to serve and seek to achieve even greater accomplishments in the near future. We aim to make a difference in the lives of those we serve and to whom we work with, to improve their performance.”

In his address, the Parliamentary Representative said, “We want to interact with you, we want you to see our ministers, our people who help us in getting our education, so they can see us, they can talk to us, they can feel us – that’s why we are here.” He also commended the Minister for Education and Human Resource Development for the school visitation initiative, noting that it would help to improve the learning process in schools.

During the visit, the Deputy Chief Education Officer for Schools made a presentation to the principal, on behalf of the ministry, providing the school with much needed supplies.

Speaking to a packed hall of students and staff, Boatswain said, “This school has produced some of our most outstanding sons and daughters, not only for the parish of St. Patrick, but for our country as a whole. I have noted, with some degree of satisfaction, your exemplary performances in a number of areas.” The school’s 4-H Club was awarded best club in St. Patrick’s; the school recently placed 1st in the Grenada Revolutionary Quiz at the district level and national level and, in sports, they placed 1st in the parish football competition, 4th in parish sports and 3rd in GUT/GFA. Additionally, all students sitting the last CPA exams scored over 50%.




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