This move admitted the Minister of Education, Nigel Carty, is designed to garner support for the efforts to expand the scope of technical and educational programmes in the curricula of the island’s leaning institutions.
He said his Ministry is moving forward in its quest to form new partnerships and re-affirm commitments from existing associates. The Minister indicated that there has been an increased number of private sector agencies and individuals who have stepped forward to assist the Ministry, in what he called the “difficult yet important task of educating our young people.”
Minister Carty stressed that it was critical for public and private sector relationships to be enhanced to ensure that students are provided with additional learning tools that adequately prepare them to meet the demands of the working world.
“It is very important that we have support from the private sector -We cannot do it alone,” he stated. “I want to say to …others who have supported us in the past that your contribution is not only timely, but it is critical in helping us to achieve our goals and objectives in education.”
As part of this new thrust to attract private sector support, the Advanced Vocational Education Center (AVEC), was earlier this week the recipient of eight desktop computers for use in its business lab; donated by the local telecommunications company Digicel, which has adopted the institution.
AVEC Director Clyde Christopher said that approximately half of the centre’s student population is interested in business studies and the new PCs will allow greater admission numbers to the programme as well as enhanced content delivery.