#Providenciales, July 17, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – Government school teachers, parents and Ministry of Education staff will experience a greater investment in skills development due to the goals identified in the Education Sector Plan 2018-2022.
One of the key objectives of the Plan aims to improve the effectiveness of Governance, Leadership and Management at sectoral and institutional levels. Instituting a Board of Governors and establishing an Education Management Information System (OpenEMIS) throughout the entire public and private school system are the chief targets as the Ministry of Education moves towards the accomplishment of SI #2.
The Education Sector Plan indicates that : “Many schools do not have a strong and effective Governance system with an active Board of Governors or Parent/ Teachers Association. It is important that Boards of Governors are established for enhanced community ownership, oversight, strategic planning, administrative support, performance monitoring and resource mobilisation.”
Some of the goals of the Education Sector Plan 2018-2022 call for the revision of the Education Ordinance to provide for school governing bodies; to develop a standard Board of Governors constitution as a guideline to be adopted in public schools; to develop a public school Board of Governors/Management Handbook; to appoint Boards of Governors in Public Schools/school cluster; to offer sound and transparent governance of the education system and to develop and approve the Education Regulations. It is also envisaged that there will be strengthening and improvement of the Education Advisory Committee (EAC).
Greater scrutiny of the education profession and its professionals are key to achievingthe objectives of the Education Sector Plan 2018-2022. Restructuring, revisioning and developing will work in tandem to execute the strategy. The Education Sector Plan obligates the Ministry of Education to: “Strengthen the capacity of key units within the Ministry and Department of Education to effectively discharge their roles and responsibilities. This has included strengthening the capacity, role and responsibilities of the: Policy and Planning Unit, Curriculum Development Unit, Registrar of Examinations Unit and Early Childhood Unit.”
The Education Management Information System, OpenEMIS, is likely to be among the most notable revolutions toward improving education in the Turks and Caicos Islands. With the support of the European Union through the EDF 11 funding, consultants have been hired to engineer software and provide expert advice on the use of data for managing education reform.
In the continued roll out of the information system there has been training to manage the software and manipulating comprehensive statistical data for best understanding of the Education Sector, its actors, its beneficiaries and their performances. The Ministry of Education, as with each of its eight Strategic Imperatives is monitoring the activities for fully realizing this strategy.
“Improving the Education System in the TCI…..Together we can do it”