ST. GEORGE’S, GRENADA, November 24, 2015 – GIS: The La Borie Pre-Primary School and St. Paul's Government School were thrilled with a recent school visit from the Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Hon. Anthony Boatswain, other ministry officials and the Parliamentary Representative for St. George, South East, Hon. Gregory Bowen.
Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Hon. Anthony Boatswain said, “This is my most looked forward to activity in the Ministry of Education – visiting the schools, interacting with the teachers and the students.”
The Minister commended the staff at the La Borie Pre-Primary School, in St. Paul's, for their patience and dedication, in the daily execution of their duties, pledging the Ministry’s continued support and encouraging them to continue to demonstrate the love they have for young learners.
Ms. Janelle Gibson, Teacher in Charge, said, “We are all-rounders when we come. We don’t only come as teachers when the morning comes.”
The Parliamentary Representative, in addressing concerns raised, promised to seek assistance, from the Special Projects programme, for converting an unused bathroom facility into an additional toilet for the pre-school.
Following the pre-school visit, the delegation moved on to St. Paul’s Government School.
Acting Chief Education Officer, Mr. Elvis Morain informed the audience about the Ministry’s efforts to ensure quality education for all students.
“We are going to work with our principals, to come up with the best fit to reach all of our children,” he said.
Morain said the Ministry is considering a rebranding of the current school-leaving exam, which will allow certificate holders to use it as a more effective tool, when applying to vocational and other programs, within the current education system. He noted that the Ministry will be embarking on additional training for teachers, to increase their capacity for dealing with children with special needs; their knowledge of Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) and to build capacity for Early Childhood Education.
As is customary, the Minister and his team fielded questions from students at the primary school level and met with staff to investigate their needs and seek solutions to issues at hand.
Principal, Ms. Anthea Peterkin, said to the delegation, “Visiting our nation’s schools is a significant venture taken and I pray that you are fortified, as you continue on this journey.”