Barbados’ education system is in for a major shake-up. Minister of Education Santia Bradshaw made this promise yesterday as she acknowledged that too many children were leaving school without adequate literacy and numeracy skills to enable them to function effectively in the workplace.
She said these shortcomings were manifesting themselves in students from the primary level, yet not enough was done through the years to deal with these problems at that early stage. So the children go through secondary school and leave without these basic deficiencies addressed.
“This can no longer go on,” said Bradshaw, as she explained that based on the ministry’s files, this phenomenon was recognised yet little was done in the past decade to effectively address it.
The St Michael South East representative declared that under her watch the changes necessary to rectify this trend must begin in order to look after the welfare of the children and Barbados’ future. (SP)
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