TECHNICAL AND VOCATIONAL
Technical Vocational Institute was officially launched at a press conference on
September 2 in keeping with Government’s commitment to provide increased
educational opportunities in the Territory.
launching, Minister of Education and Culture Hon. Lloyd Black said the
Pre-Vocational Centre was restructured and upgraded to meet the continuing
educational needs of students.
that the programme was developed in keeping with the National Integrated
Development Strategy (2002-2006), as well as in fulfillment of the requirements
of the 2004 Education Act.
has ultimate responsibility for educating our students to the point of
functionality. To neglect this responsibility would be to open the doors for
societal problems of a grave nature,” Minister Black stated.
Education Officer Mr. Angel Smith noted that the Department of Education fully
supports the initiative, adding, “It is our philosophy that any child can learn
anything at any age provided that we find the right approach.”
Principal of the Institute
Mrs. Cynthia Brannigan pointed out that the Institute is geared to meeting the
needs of each student and that, to achieve this, an integrated approach to the
curriculum will be used.
aim of the programme is to provide training for persons in the school system who
demonstrate interest and aptitude for work in technical areas. In addition, the
Institute will help students build competence in vocational areas; provide them
with access to secondary education through an alternative medium; prepare them
for national, regional and international certification; and train them for entry
into the job market.
which will be conducted over three years, will include subjects such as English,
Mathematics, Science, Social Science and Personal Enrichment. Students will also
be able to choose from a wide range of vocational areas including garment
construction, cosmetology, air conditioning and refrigeration, plumbing,
computer troubleshooting and small engine repair.
At the moment,
enrollment is more than 100 students ranging from Primary Five to Form Four,
with classes scheduled to commence on October 1. The Institute is located at the
Old Cedar School Building, Baughers Bay.
since 1992, alternate educational programs were created for a growing number of
students who were unable to cope with the rigors of an academic program at the
secondary level. The Technical and Vocational Institute is expected to provide a
much better solution to the old problems.
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