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‘Be attuned with students’ unique skills & interests’ – Premier Smith

- urged senior managers in the Education system to prepare students to fill the territory’s employment needs of tomorrow
Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith today January 11, 2016 charged those in the education sector to set the pace to ensure that children today learn the skills they need to fill the jobs of tomorrow. Photo: VINO
Premier Smith was speaking at a meeting entitled ‘Address to Senior Managers of the Ministry of Education and Culture and Members of its Statutory Boards’, held at Maria’s By The Sea. Photo: VINO
Premier Smith was speaking at a meeting entitled ‘Address to Senior Managers of the Ministry of Education and Culture and Members of its Statutory Boards’, held at Maria’s By The Sea. Photo: VINO
Another section of the audience in attendance. Photo: VINO
Another section of the audience in attendance. Photo: VINO
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Premier and Minister of Finance Dr The Honourable D. Orlando Smith today January 11, 2016 charged those in the education sector to set the pace to ensure that children today learn the skills they need to fill the jobs of tomorrow.

Premier Smith was speaking at a meeting entitled ‘Address to Senior Managers of the Ministry of Education and Culture and Members of its Statutory Boards’, held at Maria’s By The Sea in Road Town, Tortola.

“We are working to ensure that our children have an opportunity and the skills to reach their full potential and contribute to the social and economic development of the territory. But we cannot do it alone,” he said.

The Premier told the gathering that each of them had an important role in the Government’s vision for the development of the people.

He said 2016 promises to be an even more exciting year in education for the VI, “One that will require all hands pushing the wheel in the same direction.”

The Premier said that upon taking office in 2011, he charged his Minister for Education and Culture Honourable Myron V. Walwyn to ensure the educational success of the territory. “I wanted to see the quality of the education system improve while we create a culture of excellence and create opportunities to provide the young people with positive development as they are the future,” he said.

The Premier said that while a lot has been done, there is much more to do in the area of strategic planning, monitoring and strengthening the regulatory framework to ensure the quality of education is strengthened.

“We want to ensure that what happens inside the structured walls of the classroom continues to empower students. It is not business as usual. And my Government aims to take education to a higher level, therefore we need to continue thinking [outside the box],” he said.

He called for the education professionals to create innovative learning environments that motivate students to think critically and collaboratively, and be competitive.

“We all have a responsibility to stay attuned with the unique skills and interests of our children and help to [guide them] in to areas of professional [careers],” he said, noting that the students can learn in areas today which would see them meeting the employment needs of tomorrow.

8 Responses to “‘Be attuned with students’ unique skills & interests’ – Premier Smith”

  • cay (11/01/2016, 16:49) Like (2) Dislike (0) Reply
    Hope that ministry of education from 2011 to current is also apart of the investigations
    • @ cay (11/01/2016, 18:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Naaa ball head done kiss the white house ring yall
    • fire them (12/01/2016, 20:08) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
      How can the children learn when it have teachers abusing them in the schools.
  • civil servant (11/01/2016, 19:40) Like (1) Dislike (1) Reply
    half of them look bored having to listen to the hipocrits like mvw, DG and the likes
  • Teacher (11/01/2016, 19:44) Like (11) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is always what teachers and educators can do more of. The infrastructure of schools are ridiculous. There is a great lack of adequate furniture, limited resources etc. Stop all this talk and let's see some real work in education. When leaders do their part then I think others will have no problem fulfilling their duties. Too much talk. Fed up of the same thing every year. Take care of the schools and teachers then talk moving forward. It's ridiculous the state of some schools. Time for more action.
  • Concerned (11/01/2016, 20:16) Like (13) Dislike (0) Reply
    Meanwhile the brilliant idea to add the extra year is in full effect but no new buildings to house the incoming 300+ and no extra teachers to teach them...but we have time for meetings waxing philosophical
  • mantibull (11/01/2016, 22:24) Like (6) Dislike (0) Reply
    This man need to be attuned to the peoples business and not monkeying around with the politics of railroading some virgin islanders in the service with his sanctioning of victimizing some because they are not sell outs and speak up for their rights an integrity
  • wize up (12/01/2016, 06:37) Like (7) Dislike (0) Reply
    the territory needs to take a look at the types of work permit being issued then begin to educate the youth of the territory in those fields...labor & the education system should work hand-in-hand....


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