Presentation on theme: "EDUCATIONAL CHALLENGES IN THE CARIBBEAN"— Presentation transcript:
1 EDUCATIONAL CHALLENGES IN THE CARIBBEAN Senator Hazel ManningMinister of EducationTrinidad and Tobago
2 IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION To the man-in-the-street Education is seen as:The panacea for change and the promise of a better quality of life
3 IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION To the politician education is seen as:A solution to poverty alleviation, social mobility, equality of opportunity, social problems, management of the changes in values system.The key to productivity and human resource development.
4 IMPORTANCE OF EDUCATION To the teacher, education is seen as:That which should contribute to the development of the potential of the child to contribute to the development of the nation and by extension, “World Development”
5 THE CARIBBEAN Relatively small population (21M) Small land area Limited natural resourcesRange of diversityHigh level of dependency on international forcesEconomic vulnerability
6 EDUCATION REFORMThe perceptions of the importance of education and the limitations faced by the Caribbean both in terms of quality and quantity has resulted in education reform throughout the Caribbean region.
7 EDUCATION REFORMThe implication of globalization makes it necessary to reform our education systems ; for it requires us to adapt our own education content to meet not only our local demands, but also our international concerns.
8 MAJOR CHALLENGES Economic Youth unemployment Skill shortages in key areas of the economyNew jobs associated with higher technology occupations requiring higher entry levelsA mismatch between the graduates and the available jobs.
9 MAJOR CHALLENGES Social Receding influence of the family A conduit for the Illicit international drug tradeHigh crime rate and gang warfareHIV/AIDS – increasingly the cause of death rate for those between the age of 15 and 45 years
10 MAJOR CHALLENGES ICT’s How do we effectively integrate the new ICT’s into all aspects of education provision?
11 MAJOR CHALLENGES The Changing Environment The nature and organization of workThe need for retraining and retoolingThe important role of knowledge as a factor of productionThe emphasis on Information Technology
12 MAJOR CHALLENGES Political A robust democracy Peace A creation of a state of esteem
13 MAJOR CHALLENGES Educational Existing curriculum content and pedagogical methods are being questionedStudents leave school ill-prepared for the world of work and adulthood.High incidence of illiteracy and numeracy.Marked gender differences in achievement.Curriculum changes without the necessary changes in assessment
14 MAJOR CHALLENGES Educational cont’d Untrained teachers at the Early Childhood, Primary and Secondary levelsStudent under-performanceHigh levels of student attritionStudent repetition of grade levelsHarmonization of curriculum and assessment across the region
15 MAJOR CHALLENGES Educational cont’d Inadequate policy for recruitment and selection of teachersLack of systems of certification, evaluation and licensing of teachersUnsure about the place of Tech/Voc in secondary schoolsThe harmonization of competencies, skills for certification of students for the world of workFacilitating the success of the CSME
16 MAJOR CHALLENGESThere seems to be no other alternative right now and in the near future for countries in the Caribbean but to collaborate in all areas of development utilizing the new technologies and benefiting from those that have begun the change process, at the same time maximizing the resources at their immediate disposal.