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Contact: Shannon Lebourne


Tuesday, August 23, 2011 – Saint Lucia’s Education officials are taking the necessary steps to ensure that all is in place for the smooth start of the new school year on Monday September 5th, 2011.


During the annual summer vacation the Plant and Equipment Unit of the Ministry of Education undertook repairs at a number of schools around the island to ensure that they are all in a state of readiness.


Education Minister Honourable Arsene James says a lot was also invested in training teachers and staff to deal primarily with students progress from Primary Schools with no or limited ability to read and write.  “We are still having problems with principals and teachers saying that students come to the Secondary schools unable to read and write and we at the Ministry of Education are trying to address this, infact we are training our teachers and principals in a number of subject areas including reading, visual arts, music, physical education and a number of areas.  This year we have trained over seven hundred teachers and principals and we are going to continue next year to ensure that the teachers and principals are equipped to deal with the students so at least when these students come to the Secondary schools if they have problems with reading or writing their specific needs will be attended to.”


Principals were also trained in the area of leadership and with the counsellors at the schools to help the students, education minister expect them to provide quality education within the school system. “ so we are working hard to address the situation and we hope in the near future all students coming to Secondary schools will be able to read and write.” Minister James explained.


Meanwhile when the academic year begins, the Grand Riviere Secondary school along with the Vieux Fort Technical Secondary school and newly commissioned Marigot Secondary school will be without form one classes because of reduced number of students who wrote the Common Entrance Exams.


Minister James says the situation is very concerning to education officials and will be addressed if this trend continues.     The Education Minister has also wished parents, guardians and all students preparing for the reopening of school a successful academic year.

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