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Inconsistencies found in education process – Hon. Walwyn

- Fahie calls on Minister to expand analysis time frame
The 98.5% pass rate is the highest overall graduation success rate at the secondary level in the Territory for the last 10 years, however, Minister for Education and Culture said a review that was conducted has found inconsistencies in the education process.
Former Education Minsiter Andrew Fahie is calling on Minister Walwyn to expand the review time frame to bring more validity.
Former Education Minsiter Andrew Fahie is calling on Minister Walwyn to expand the review time frame to bring more validity.
ROAD TOWN, Tortola, VI – The review of the Secondary School Leaving assessment has indicated a number of inconsistencies in the examination process and difficulties identifying one standard across the board for all students.

This was disclosed by Minister for Education and Culture Hon. Myron Walwyn this morning March 22, 2012 during the HOA sitting. The Minister laid the report, which was submitted on February 29, 2012 by an Adhoc committee that was appointed to conduct the review.

The report will allow the public access to the process of the school leaving examination, one which had come in for criticism from some for the 98 percent pass rate last year under former Minister for Education Hon. Andrew Fahie and the issue of supplemental examination.

According to Minister Walwyn, one of the findings that came out of the report is that supplementary assessment must be reviewed and determination made if it is beneficial to continue that practice.

He noted that the timing of the supplemental examination process varied during the period it has been in existence, in addition the supplemental examination was one done by teachers and not a formal examination or calculated policy adhered to by the education department.

He said it was also found that there was a steady increase in the number of students doing supplemental examination.

The education minister said he had complaints from many persons including the general population and students that the secondary school graduates are not ready in several regards.

Minister Walwyn made it clear that the review was not done to shame any student, teachers or even politicians but rather to address the issues in the education system.

Fahie responds

Virgin Islands News Online contacted former education minister Hon. Andrew Fahie who said he is calling on the current Minister to expand from three years to at least 5 to 10 years to have a more valid and reliable analysis done of the system.

“I welcome all efforts to improve our education system as long as its done in a manner that recognises & respects the efforts & accomplishments of all our past & present teachers, principals, education officials & Ministers of Education. We are standing on the shoulders of great men. We cannot allow nor can we afford as a Territory, the tone & tenor of any futuristic talks about improving our education system to be one seemingly viewed as a total failure & lack of integrity & substance in the past. This course of action can only be viewed as an indictment of all the efforts & accomplishments of the present & past educators,” Hon. Fahie told this news site.

In that regard, he said he cannot question the integrity of the members who the Minister selected to do the review in question although the report is based on their terms of reference which was geared towards questioning the validity of certain things & entities in Education over a limited time period.

“What I do differ with is that the time frame for the review would be better served for a 5 to 10 year period rather than a limited 3yr period. Then more sound analysis could have been derived seeing that the tracking of students from form one to 5 would have formed more indepth analysis.”

He stated that the information statistical and otherwise for the past three years is not enough to analyse trends and otherwise in the VI’s education system with the intention of making drastic changes.

In addition, he said there is the need for at least two other persons independent of the current education system which would have allowed for more cutting edge recommendations on the future improvements of our education system.

The former education minister pointed out that while there is no perfect education system in the world, education is always evolving and that there is a good cadre of teachers and principals who go beyond the call.

“Yes we have a lot of room for improvement but from present to past education officials & Ministers we have been improving. This is the tenor in which we must pitch the current efforts to improve our education system. This is not a "I" business, it’s a "we" business. Accreditation, training of our teachers, Powerschool, grade level initiative at the primary level, among many other initiatives by many past educators, are all efforts in the past, both recent & otherwise, that was geared towards improving our education system,” he firmly stated.

He said that is why focusing on redefining the education system in the tone that is seemingly being done can only be viewed as as an indictment on the present and past principals, teachers and education officials.

The purpose of the review was to assess the situation regarding the conduct of the secondary school leaving examination over the last three years and the determination of the final grade and overall student performance, to examine the examination process itself and to determine the determination of the marking schemes and the compilation of final grades for all stages of the assessment process over the period.

The adhoc committee was spearheaded by a three member team of past educators including Elmore Stoutt and Dr. Charles Wheatley.

The review was done on the Bregado Flax Educational Centre, The BVI Seventh Day Adventist, St. Georges Secondary, Claudia Creque Educational Centre and the Elmore Stoutt High School. Interviews were conducted with principals, and education officials and also records, including those of the education ministry, were reviewed.

22 Responses to “Inconsistencies found in education process – Hon. Walwyn ”

  • mother hen (22/03/2012, 17:19) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    yea Fahoe tell he as he just trying to mek you look bad...he just got dey and aint do nothing yet but wah to kill wah he meet dey
  • ausar (22/03/2012, 17:54) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Good job there Myron. With so many students receiving high passing marks for graduation, yet have trouble finding the subject and verb of a sentence coupled with the inability to write a sentence is a clear indication that something is wrong with the system. Perhaps, that whole concept of "find the subject and verb in a sentence", "write-a-sentence" and "write an essay" types of examinations should be part of the leaving High School testing process for each form beginning from the first form and ending at the fifth.
    • Hmmm (22/03/2012, 20:29) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Ok. We children not as bright as we thought.
    • talk dat (23/03/2012, 05:37) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      Bring back two cents
    • Strupes (23/03/2012, 06:47) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      We have children who graduate 2 to 3 years ago kick backside at CXC and kicking backside in us schools knowing. professors want to know where them get their skills..... thank you mr. fahie for the vision. myron stop while you ahead because if you break the point the youths going talk. enough is enough. we don't want any blanket statement with what the report say was found, give us substance man, substance. Then tell us how you going fix it.
  • Village Girl (22/03/2012, 18:20) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    It is clear to me that Myron has his own agenda and it has nothing to do with the education of the kids. Here we go again with him trying to score political points after the campaign is long over. But when evil in your heart as a starter then you will end up only reporting to the people nonsense and displaying your ignorance and political weakness!
  • sand man (22/03/2012, 18:25) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    So is myron confirming that andrew cook the books?
  • Shara parlin (22/03/2012, 18:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I think it is a smart move by Hon. Fahie to answer back. At least I am impress that VINO article, its fair and balance unlike the one I just read on the NDP platinum. Now let me see how Myron response to Fahie questions??..Now the thing start. As usual Myron with haste, just to get something out has not took his time to look at the things to urgently improve the educational system.
  • One eye Roster (22/03/2012, 19:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    But you mean the NDP was not happy to hear that we obtain a 98% pass rate???. Does this mean Myron has no confidence in our youths????? or in our school kids abilities????? Jah
  • wow (22/03/2012, 22:07) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    well Myron i hope u can explain why the students exam this year all screwed up,,,,,most students are claimimg the exma say nothing about what they who ever this committe setting the exams sames they setting up all fails...I guess to prove a point...sickofthissh..
  • LOL (22/03/2012, 23:00) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I still think that the intent behind the review was bad. Myron just get on with your work and stop trying to dis Fahie. The man did well, much better than the last Minister before Fahie, Hon. Black, who had belong to your Myron NDP.
  • critic (22/03/2012, 23:49) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    dont tell me that he's calling down the efforts of the past education ministers such as lloyd black, ileen parsons, louis walters and andrew fahie?
    • student from ESHS (23/03/2012, 09:33) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      "critic' that is his aim. If you listen to Myron he goes on like nobody else did a dam thing for education until he arrived in the seat five months ago. He will self destruct in his own ego and dodo…give him time
  • back track (23/03/2012, 04:55) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    This report is just a waste of time! Myron why you getting distracted on these kind of issues?
  • hard times (23/03/2012, 05:41) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Teaching today with that genration is hard work.... its like teaching birds to talk
  • making sports (23/03/2012, 06:02) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    myron I think you are trying your best but stay focus on your goals..i think you are getting distracted on these non issues
    • yute man (23/03/2012, 07:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
      I agree myron stated out doing well and getting jobs for we young people why he know ending like this trying to pick a fight with hon fahie? Is myron heading for a crash and burn?
  • Caribbean Queen (23/03/2012, 09:13) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    I am with Hn. Fahie on this one.
  • Questions to ponder (23/03/2012, 10:16) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Let's examine some facts here: Minister Walwyn is not an educator. So he must be advised extensively by his team at the Ministry. That is their job. Who are they and what skills/knowledge have been brought to the table? Who are the experts (not theoretical only; we expect experience to be coupled with theory) in pre-primary, primary, secondary and Oh my Gosh tertiary education too? Those are big shoes to fill. Did we find anyone? No, not those in charge at least. Yes, as some of you say the Minister may be hasty and anxious but his advisers should be held accountable too. For instance I am hearing talk about the exams being set by the department. Who are the people holding degrees in all of those subjects within the ministry and department? Not the education officers for sure. For years the exams have been written by the subject teachers at the secondary schools. Who is qualified to vet them in the department? Even the primary five examination is a big joke. Who sets it? Who vets it? Who marks it? Where is it marked? Ponder these questions, John Public?
  • Good move (23/03/2012, 12:05) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Those score needed looking into and I am happy Hon. Myron looked into it. I do not think it speaks bad of Hon. Fahie, if he was still at education I feel he would have ending up looking at the scores himself, as there was a public out cried for it to be looked at. Good job so far Hon. Myron.
  • Just saying (24/03/2012, 15:18) Like (0) Dislike (0) Reply
    Myron's agenda is to make faihe look bad thats the bottom line. All he does is criticize every thing instead of saying how's he is going to bring about change, someone needs to tell him that the campaign and election are over. Time to move on!

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