Education ministry begins training for 12,000 teachers
The Ministry of Education is to commence training for about 12,000 teachers in the public and private sectors this week as it rolls out the new curriculum for primary and secondary schools.
The National Standards Curriculum is to replace the Revised Primary Curriculum and the National Curriculum for Grades 7 - 9 students. The curriculum was formerly referred to as the Reform of Secondary Education.
In a release the ministry says training for teachers in regions one and two, which comprise Kingston and St Andrew, Portland, St Mary and St Thomas will commence tomorrow. It says training for teachers across the rest of the country will continue next week through to early August.
Training will be focused on primary level educators who teach Grades 1 and 4, and secondary level teachers who cater to Grades 7 – 9. The remaining teachers will be trained next summer.
The ministry says the training is to ensure teachers fully understand the objectives of the new curriculum.
The education ministry recently completed a series of islandwide public fora on the new curriculum and on the Revised National Assessment Programme, which includes the abolition of the Grade Six Achievement Test and the introduction of the Primary Exit Profile in 2019.
The development and roll-out of the new curriculum are among the final deliverables of the Education System Transformation Programme.