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NEI Report Hailed as Groundbreaking

Published:Wednesday | September 16, 2015 | 5:22 PM
Maureen Dwyer, chief inspector, NEI

CHIEF INSPECTOR at the National Education Inspectorate (NEI) Maureen Dwyer has hailed the most recent release of the NEI Report as a significant achievement.

She said the report assessed almost 1,000 schools and provides a more comprehensive picture of the education system. Previous reports provided analysis of a selected number of schools at a time.

The report, which was launched earlier this week, identified several deficiencies in the education sector.

Dwyer also pointed out that the report captures the views of students and parents who were interviewed. The report noted a high level of awareness among students on a number of local and international issues.

The report has also shed light on the weaknesses in the leadership, management, and teaching methods at schools across the island.

The last NEI Report, released in March, which inspected 50 primary and secondary schools, found the leadership and management in 40 per cent of these schools to be unsatisfactory.

The issue of weak school leadership has been the focus of all the NEI reports that have been released to date. To this end, the National College for Educational Leadership has increased the number of principals and schools administrators that it has targeted for training and ongoing professional development.