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Downes calls for education reform


Downes calls for education reform

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ONE OF BARBADOS’ leading educators, Professor Andrew Downes, today called for educational reform in the island, with a view to producing more positive results for students in particular and the economy in general.

He says such reform needs to include changes to the curriculum of educational institutions and a close look at the annual 11 Plus Exam that governs the movement of schoolchildren from primary to secondary schools.

The Professor of Economics and Pro Vice Chancellor for Planning and Development at the University of the West Indies spoke against the background of what he said were some disturbing issues in education, including the large numbers of people leaving school without certification.

He made the comments while addressing a luncheon of the Rotary Club of Barbados at the Hilton Barbados resort. (TY)