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Hon. Fahie: CXC benchmark for VI needs ‘thorough’ discussions

- Fahie perplexed over Walwyn's politics in education comment
Hon. Fahie (right) weigh in on Minister Walywn's recent comments on using CXC as a bench mark for awarding secondary school leaving certificates.
The former education minister is optimistic that the education system will grow from strength to strength.
The former education minister is optimistic that the education system will grow from strength to strength.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – Using Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) as a yardstick to measure the Territory’s school leaving examination needs thorough discussions before any decision should be made, opined Former Education Minister and 1st District Representative Hon. Andrew Fahie.

He was commenting on the recent statement made by Hon. Myron Walwyn, Minister for Education and Culture, who on April 16, 2012 during a Ministry’s planning meeting, disclosed the option of using CXC as the benchmark for awarding the secondary school certificates.

According to Fahie in an interview with this news agency, there is a level of uncertainty that comes naturally with new concepts, and that he has heard many arguments for and against this idea. However, he is optimistic that the idea can work.

“I have seen the work of our teachers and our students and I believe we need to have more confidence in our abilities and the academic performance of our students. CXC certification adds another layer of credibility to our education system that our students should get the benefit of when seeking admission to tertiary institutions and we need to move forward and make a decision based on the long term interest and education opportunities that should be available to our students,” he added.

But Hon. Fahie, while not saying if the concept is a good or bad one, pointed out that thorough discussions will have to be made. And when asked to expand on his comment, the 1st District Representative stated “That’s all I am going to say for now”.

However, the former minister emphasized that Hon. Walwyn is building on a solid foundation made by all the previous Education Ministers and added, “It’s imperative to build on the education system.”

Furthermore, the 1st District Representative is a bit perplexed over Hon. Walwyn’s comment of not wanting to play politics with the education system.

According to Hon, Fahie, “I can’t recall any Minister playing politics. I know everyone has a different style and focus but in the end we all want the best education system for the Territory overall.”

He added that he is proud of the records of the previous Education Ministers and prays that the standards in education will continue to grow from strength to strength in the Virgin Islands.

8 Responses to “Hon. Fahie: CXC benchmark for VI needs ‘thorough’ discussions”

  • Native Son (23/04/2012, 09:15) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Lawd ah mussy deeds two at it again? Fahie you see why he calling you he shadow? …..snoozing
  • enough (23/04/2012, 09:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I had enough of them calling Fahie a shadow. He is a representative of the people. He comments on plenty more than education but the media just highlighting heavier when he comments on education matters which he and every elected person has a right to do.
    • ice cream (23/04/2012, 10:28) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      nothing wrong with beeing the shodow Minister for Education as Fahie is the one better to speak on these issues...keep him on his toes Fahie for Myron acting like he started the education system from day one and no one else did anything...power hungry !
  • my two cents (23/04/2012, 12:31) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Myron off to a good start but he needs to slow down
    • VAMPIRE (23/04/2012, 15:14) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      myron aint know nothing wa he doing all he doing is setting up the youths to failure
      • strupes (24/04/2012, 02:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
        the students are already failing. We have just been covering it up. Good luck Myron. Change is good.
        • Well sah... (24/04/2012, 06:53) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
          Just be careful how you backing, because there are a lot of students, a great percentage of students who making it good and they went through a lot of systems now being called bad. We need to get to the real problem, and not fighting to mek an educator, and other educators, and former consultants, and former Ministers look bad. Fix the real problem.
    • hmmm people like you (23/04/2012, 15:17) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      been saying thatits only so much you can do. if too much place on top your head it because problems jeez you got 3 more year and who nows even more! things will be done just slow down.

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