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Leacock sees literacy challenges


Leacock sees literacy challenges
Director for the National Transformation Initiative Dr Allyson Leacock speaking about the literacy challenges of some people who participated in their online training courses. (Picture by Shanice King.)

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Director of the National Transformation Initiative (NTI), Dr Allyson Leacock, says some Barbadians, even those with university degrees, are having literacy challenges affecting their ability to complete online training courses.

Speaking at the launch of the NTI Starr Hunt With BiP, at the NTI’s offices at ‘Alcott’, Worthing, Christ Church, yesterday, she said it was one of the major areas they were looking to address.

“We have some gaps in our current structure in education. Unfortunately, we are still guiding people to tick a box and to complete a course. What we are trying to do is strengthen people’s abilities to think critically and to have a breadth of vocabulary and functionality. I think that is what is missing.

“Yes, there is a proportion of the population that may have had their education cut short for whatever reason and that obviously would contribute to it, but I think we have some people who have degrees and don’t know the difference between ‘their’, ‘they’ and ‘there’. (TG)

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