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Education Defence mounted by Minister Rachel Taylor  

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, May 18, 2022 – “Education is undeniably critical to our success as we continue or march towards nation building. Budgets are not merely arithmetic…but in a thousand ways go to the root of prosperity of individuals nation building  begins with ensuring that there is a capable competent workforce to steer our country’s economic development,” said Rachel Taylor, TCI Minister of Education as she explained how the new Budget would  benefit education and youth.

Taylor’s Ministry had come under fire from the Leader of the Opposition for not having enough support to students including textbooks and online resources.

The Education Minister revealed that $4.5 million has been budgeted to help with broken down infrastructure which includes the decades long flooding issue at H.J. Robinson High School (Grand Turk) which has been left neglected over several administrations.  Taylor also talked up a new six classroom block  for Louise Garland Thomas  High (Long Bay) and a three classroom block  for Clement Howell High school (Blue Hills).

An additional $1 million, she said has been budgeted to further upgrade infrastructure across schools. Additionally Taylor informed that schools are to receive upwards of $130, for specifically for 18 and other miscellaneous items.

For the upgrading of equipment and furniture $800,000, has been allotted to schools, beneficiaries include Raymond Gardiner High in North Caicos; Marjorie Basden High in South Caicos; Doris Robinson Primary in Middle Caicos and Enid Capron School in Five Cays.

Security in the primary schools and high schools has been issue and Government will finally address it.  Minister Taylor, a former primary school principal announced $600,000 is earmarked for proper security contracts, bringing priority to safety of students in the public school sector.

In reply to the Leader of the Opposition, Edwin Astwood, Minister Taylor revealed that teachers in the Turks and Caicos government schools were being trained in several online areas including Kahoot Minecraft learning and others.

Taylor mentioned that the budget was an investment in the use of the Turks and Caicos’s and I’ll just see you but older persons who wish to better themselves as well.

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The Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) Results

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#TurksandCaicos, June 28, 2022 – The Ministry of Education, Labour, Employment and Customer Services extends sincere congratulations to all primary school students from both Government and Private primary school who were successful in the 2022 Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA).  The Ministry encourages all the students  to continue doing their best to achieve academic and personal excellence as they transition to high school.The Minister of Education, the Honourable Rachel Marshall Taylor stated, “I am immensely proud of the performance of our children in the recent sitting of the CPEA.  I congratulate each of you because, despite the challenges we faced during the last two years, you’ve done well.  We are creating an environment to enable your success. You must be willing to work hard if it is your desire to be successful.  I wish you well in your journey through  high school.”

The Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment was administered by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC), to students completing Grade 6 throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands on May 12 and 13, 2022.

A total of four hundred and sixty (460) candidates were entered for the assessment in Language, Mathematics, Social Studies and Science. Of the 460 candidates; Fifteen (15) withdrew and eighteen (18) candidates were absent during the administration of the assessment. Therefore, four hundred and twenty-seven (427) students were assessed.

The assessment scores represent a combination of the internal (School-Based Assessment) assessment and the external assessment which consisted of multiple-choice items assessing literacies in the four subject areas. Each paper carried a maximum of 75 marks for an overall total of 300 marks. The internal assessment carried a total of 200 marks.

Based on the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment scoring, the following results are reported:

–         Developing Competence: 0-40%

–         Competent: 41-80%

–         Advanced Competence: 81-100%

For country-specific purposes the scoring has been modified as follows:

–         Developing Competence: 0-40%

–         Near Competence: 41-60%

–         Competent: 61-80%

–         Advanced Competence: 81-100%

Of the four hundred and twenty-seven (427) candidates who were assessed, twenty-six (26) or 6.08% are developing competence; one hundred and seventy-five (175) or 40.98% are near competence; two hundred and one (201) or 47.07% are competent, and twenty-five (25) or 5.85% demonstrated advanced competence.

Fifty-four percent (52.92%) of the candidates who sat the assessment scored grades in the range 61-100% demonstrating Competence or Advanced Competence in the literacies that students should acquire on completing primary school.  When the candidates who demonstrated Near Competence are added, the overall pass rate for the country is 93.9% representing 401 candidates

While the Covid-19 pandemic and the resultant move to virtual teaching and learning have no doubt impacted the candidates, the performance of the cohort is commendable.

Analysis by School

Sixteen primary schools (9 public and 7 private) entered candidates for the CPEA . Nine (9) schools have candidates who demonstrated Near Competence, Competence or Advanced Competence. Eleven of the sixteen schools have one or more candidates who demonstrated Advanced Competence.

A’Navia Mantock of the Ona Glinton Primary School and Vivian Parker of the Provo Christian School have both demonstrated Advanced Competence scoring 450 marks out of the possible 500 marks.

Below is The CPEA Results – Order of Merit by School – Rank by Score

 

Score             Percent

Eliza Simons Primary School

Johanna Jean                                               401                 80.2

Adeena Gilbert                                            399                 79.8

Kaymia Jacques                                           399                 79.8

Ona Glinton Primary School  

A’navia Mantock                                        450                 90.0

Mavarii Selver                                             428                 85.6

Gabrille Stern                                              427                 85.4

Faith Preparatory

Matthew Ramjeawan                               415                 83.0

Kendruy Sanchez                                       398                 79.6

Kennedy Batchelor                                   350                 70.0

Iris Stubbs Primary School

Terrance Mitchell                                       422                 84.4

Keyasia Lightbourne                                  382                 76.4

Theana Joseph                                            378                 75.6

Adelaide Omeler Primay Schoool

Mathline Belony                                         394                 78.8

Sharwinna St. Elroy                                   363                 72.6

Tyerah James                                               359                 71.8

Charles Hubert James Primary School

Danae Hernandez                                      433                 86.6

Mirsendy Obei                                            353                 70.6

Tykeem Gardiner                                       324                 64.8

Doris Robinson Primary School

Alexavier Forbes                                         337                 67.4

Enid Capron Primary School

Akayla Seecharau                                       422                 84.4

Carlisha Pierre                                             376                 75.2

Taisha Louis                                                 369                 73.8

Ianthe Pratt Primary School

Sarah Forbes                                               432                 86.4

Eshton Cherizard                                        398                 79.6

Nehemie Fenelus                                       396                 79.2

Oseta Jolly Primary School

Conroy Whittaker                                      397                 79.4

Daewayna Hall                                            392                 78.4

Janeli Gustave                                             382                 76.4

B.E.S.T. Institute

Antwan Ford                                               442                 88.4

Davia Stubbs                                               437                 87.4

Osshonn Saintil                                           428                 85.6

Community Christian Academy

Kalean Seymour                                         416                 83.2

Charles-Michael Forbes                            402                 80.4

Ojed’harlie Jolissaint                                 370                 74.0

Elite School

Murian Georgeson                                     368                 73.6

Edrina Louis-Giles                                       354                 70.8

David Lorestil                                               347                 69.4

Provo Christian School

Vivian Parker                                               450                 90.0

Mickayla Daniel                                          434                 86.8

Roniel Diaz                                                   411                 82.2

Richmond Hill Preparatory

David Forbes                                               425                 85.0

Felisha Lafleur                                             413                 82.6

Nataliyah Musgrove                                  402                 80.4

Shining Stars Preparatory

Johathan Blythe                                          439                 87.8

Rhon-Anjae Champagne                          438                 87.6

Jireh Walkin                                                 421                 84.2

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TCI Agriculture launches Plant Clinic

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By Dana Malcolm

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#TurksandCaicos, June 25, 2022 – These days anything can be online, even a plant clinic! The Turks and Caicos Islands Department of Agriculture wants to help budding and experienced farmers with any plant issues they may have and their new Online Plant Clinic is their solution to help as many Islanders as possible.

Launched on Thursday, June 16 the clinic will operate through Facebook. Individuals with sick plants or pest issues will be required to take a photo of the issue and upload that photo to the department of Agriculture’s Facebook page.

Answers to issues will be given once a month, on every third Thursday, via a public video so all Islanders can have access. The launch was attended by Chief Plant Protection Officer-CPPO Roneta Huntley Thomas, Director of Agriculture Wilhelmina Kissoonsingh, Minister of Agriculture Josephine Connolly, and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Agriculture Mrs. Cheryl Ann Jones.

Connolly urged residents to “grow your own food and grow TCI.”

Attendees of the launch were allowed to participate in games trying to identify different diseases for a chance at prizes. Residents can now immediately start sending in their photos on the Facebook page.

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TCI Hospital Announces Educational Summer Programmes for 2022

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#TurksandCaicos, June 25, 2022 – InterHealth Canada – Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital announce its annual educational summer Ready and Clinic Observership programmes which are scheduled to run in July 2022. Both programmes intend to raise awareness of healthcare careers and to help improve local capacity in the long term.

The Ready observership program offers third-form high schools, both public and private students, a behind-the-scenes look and in-depth knowledge about professions in health care delivered over five days. The program commences on Monday, July 11th to July 15th, 2022, with health care workers’ feature practical and theory presentations.

The Clinic Exploration program targets students pursuing healthcare-related courses at a tertiary level institution and ordinarily resides in the Turks and Caicos Islands. The 10-day program, from July 18th to July 29th, 2022, comprises onsite sessions that include a skills lab on phlebotomy, suturing, vital signs, manual handling, applying splints, and Heart Saver, and Basic Life Support training. A 20- minute presentation is required for participants at the conclusion of the programme.

Our summer programme offers youngsters a great opportunity to gain meaningful experience in a Hospital setting”, said Acting Chief of Medical Services Dr. Sani Amatti.

An opportunity to explore career opportunities in health and medicine. Participants will gain both theoretical knowledge and practical skills. They will engage with physicians and other healthcare associates from various medical disciplines within the organization while learning about the everyday aspects of their speciality areas”, added Dr Amatti.

Chief Executive Officer of the TCI Hospital, Dr Denise Braithwaite-Tennant, stated, “For the past nine years except for 2020 because of COVID-19, we have always looked forward to hosting a group of talented young people who are interested in the plethora of fields in health and medicine. We want to mentor our young people and motivate them to be innovative, creative, empathetic and caring, think critically, and be passionate while elevating their awareness about careers within the hospital. Human capital is the most important asset for healthcare and there remains a global shortage further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. During the COVID-19 pandemic similar to other hospitals, we have faced significant challenges recruiting health care workers, especially nurses. The World Health Organization estimates a projected shortfall of 18 million health workers by 2030, mostly in low- and lower-middle-income countries. It is therefore imperative that we continue to intentionally create opportunities for our young people to engage with us and promote careers in health care”.

Parents and students can visit our social media pages and website to register with a deadline for the programmes on July 4th, 2022. It would be best if students were vaccinated to participate in both programmes.

The Turks and Caicos Islands Hospital is accredited and became a licensed teaching facility on July 26th, 2021.

 

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