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Curriculum changing for a custom experience in TCI Education system

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#Providenciales, July 29, 2019 – Turks and Caicos – A tailor-made education curriculum is under construction and will impact learners at the primary and early secondary school levels first, according to the Ministry of Education, Youth, Culture, Library and Social Services which is supported by the European Union in this bold initiative.

The Education Sector Plan 2018-2022 reports that: “Deliberation on the new curriculum approach will lead to ‘A curriculum that is relevant to the children of TCI’. The Executive Summary of the 2006 to 2010 Plan says that the ‘curriculum is in need of updating to improve its relevance to TC Islanders facing the demands of the 21st Century’ and that it should ‘speak to the needs of diverse communities in TCI’ whilst displaying ‘sensitivity to the culture of the TCI.”

Improving Curriculum and Strategies for Assessment is the impetus for the changes. A major difference this academic year is the final run of the Grade Six Achievement Test or GSAT. Replacing the GSAT is CPEA or Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment and for secondary schools the CCSLC or Caribbean Certificate of Secondary Level Competence will be introduced. These changes are expected to lead to more project-based learning.

The curriculum changes will also put greater emphasis on: food, nutrition and fitness; stronger focus on family life, literacy; guidance and counselling and the introduction of TCI studies. Students will develop portfolios; students will learn how to set assessment papers and grade them themselves and they will develop greater responsibility for their learning and help to direct that process,” said Director of Education, Edgar Howell.

The Education Sector Plan points to assessment and within the Education Sector Plan, the various types of assessments, such as Cognitive Assessment Tests are identified. Training in how to assess students will be provided to all teachers and in some cases and there will be assessments for identification of hindrances to healthy learning in children. 

There will also be full implementation of the screening, early identification, and referral system (SEIRS) for all students 0-2, 4 and 6 years of age and the Ministry will conduct bio-psycho-social assessment for students with special education needs.

Some of the areas to be monitored towards achieving the objectives the Education Sector Plan include: schools offering HIV and sexuality education; students transitioning from one grade level to the next; measurement of the dropout rate and regular reviews of how students are adapting to the curriculum changes.

“Improving the Education System in the TCI…..Together we can do it”

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Police De-Briefing with TCI Governor Daniel-Selvaratnam

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#TurksandCaicos#Anti-Crime, February 23rd, 2024 – De-briefing Acting Commissioner of Police Christopher Eyre held a meeting with Her Excellency the Governor Dileeni Daniel-Selvaratnam and Member of Parliament for Grand Turk North, the Hon. Otis Morris, today (February 21st ) at Police Headquarters, Airport Road, Providenciales.

The debriefing was to discuss concerns raised by residents during last evening’s Anti-Crime Town Hall meeting at the H.J Robinson High School, Grand Turk. Commissioner Eyre expressed his deep appreciation to Her Excellency and Hon Morris for their attendance, saying that work was already underway to address the community concerns.

Commissioner Eyre said: “I acknowledge the challenges raised and wish to assure you that the Executive of the RTCIPF remains steadfast in ensuring the TCI is safe. We listened to your concerns, and I assure you that rebuilding trust and strengthening community-policing relations are top priorities.“

The RTCIPF has taken a holistic approach in the fight against crime. Increased visibility, greater stakeholder collaborations and ongoing dialogue forums to appraise you will occur. We are accountable to you.”

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Too much secrecy with Airport Tax increase says former Deputy Premier Sean Astwood

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Dana Malcolm
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#TurksandCaicos#Tax, February 23rd, 2024 – “The TCIAA should not be allowed to announce and implement new or increased taxes or fees in this already difficult financial climate without more details,” says Sean Astwood, Former Deputy Premier regarding the increase in the  Airport Development Fee from $20 to $35 describing the increase as not proactive but premature.

Astwood said there were a number of questions that he believed every Turks and Caicos Islander should ask and have the right to know the answers to including ‘Why now?’

The Opposition PDM member pointed out that only one airport has international flights and it would soon undergo a change in structure, paired with the ‘unexplainable’ delay in the completion of the airport in South Caicos and the possibility of ongoing negotiations in relation to the one in North Caicos, he queried: ‘Why not wait to see what amount or step may be needed in facilitating services in these Airports before a hike in fees?’

“In this climate, taxpayers must have more information and the benefit of a complete picture from not just the TCIAA Chiefs but from the Premier himself. The people must know what the current earnings of the TCIAA is; how has the management of the Airports increased to warrant such a large increase; how much does it cost to operate all of these airports; what is the estimated increase in revenue and how will these monies be used,” the former DP said.

He also questioned the avalanche of resignations that had recently affected the TCIAA

“I have serious concerns with the Premier’s oversight of this matter knowing that the TCIAA is no doubt experiencing a major problem with the vast number of Turks and Caicos Islanders resigning from their positions including high level positions. This alone requires a more in-depth investigation.”

Astwood also demanded information about the ongoing canopy project at the Providenciales/Howard Hamilton International which should have been completed in less than six months but was running on two years.

“TCIAA has quickly developed a reputation for big spending recently and stalled projects. We need answers as taxpayers. Why now? How much do you intend to raise? How will it be used? The people deserve a response. In a “proactive” step, this information must be provided to the public before this increase is implemented,” he ended.

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Justice system instructed to improve coordination 

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Dana Malcolm
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#TurksandCaicos#Violence, February 23rd, 2024 – Violence exploded in the Turks and Caicos between January 26 and February 2nd, and with signs pointing to the involvement of recently released convicts the National Security Council is on a mission to reduce the risk of flare ups when offenders rejoin society.

The Police Force, Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions, and other criminal Justice partners have now been instructed to review how they coordinate with each other and complete their specific roles to support case progression. Assessments about public safety in respect to offenders during bail hearings are also to be given keen attention.

The NSC is also planning to engage with the Judiciary as part of this review to help with delivering verdicts in a timely manner,

Called after the January 26 killing in Grand Turk which allegedly involved a former inmate, the meeting gathered law enforcement and other partners so that the NSC could get a sense of how effectively they were working with each other to ‘secure criminal justice outcomes.’

“The NSC— sought briefings on the effectiveness of liaison between the RTCIPF, the office of the DPP and wider criminal justice agencies in respect of case progression, including the assessments made to public safety that inform representations at bail hearings,” a statement revealed.

The information detailing the January 30th NSC meeting was released on February 2nd.

With senior leadership from the Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force (RTCIPF), the TCI Regiment, TCI Border Force, HMP and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in the room, the NSC looked into two incidents involving recently released inmates.

Two days after the meeting the NSC chairs had to be briefed again about another incident involving a former inmate where two men were left dead on February 1.

The Council headed jointly by Washington Misick, TCI Premier and Dileeni Daniel Selvaratnam, TCI Governor says the risk reduction strategies discussed in the meeting NSC will seek to address HMP exit arrangements and risks to public safety.

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