Basseterre, St. Kitts, January 27, 2021 (SKNIS): The Department of Education has done considerable work on the key activities outlined in the Education Section Plan 2020-2021. In a recent interview with SKNIS, Dr. Tricia Esdaille, Principal Assistant Secretary at the Ministry of Education, described the progress made so far.
“During the period 2019 to 2021, the Ministry of Education prioritized the program area: Professionalization of the teaching profession. Thanks to funding from the Organization of American States (OAS)/Development Cooperation Fund during their education cycle which runs from 2017 to 2021, we have been able to obtain funding for several activities carried out within the framework of this program area. Specifically, we would have worked on revising the career path for the education sector and developing a framework for continuous professional development. In 2021, we launched a consultancy focused on developing professional standards for educators, including a code of conduct to address the professional responsibilities and moral obligations of all who work in the education sector said Dr. Esdaille.
In addition, the Ministry of Education has worked to revise the performance appraisal system for educators to better reflect the main responsibilities of officers and to allow for a more transparent system of appraisal of professional performance in all areas. and at all levels of the education sector.
Dr. Esdaille also indicated that the recent technical review of the Draft Professional Standards, Code of Conduct and Performance Appraisal System with various stakeholders was intended to allow participants from previous consultations to familiarize themselves with the draft documents.
“The session was intended to allow those who participated in our November consultations to see the draft documents that were created, review them and contribute to the final versions. The consultation will end in February and a national presentation of the finalized project is planned for next week, February 02, 2022, and we hope to share with all our stakeholders in the education sector as well as with all our partner ministries who would have involved in this process the new revised professional standards, code of conduct and performance appraisal system for the education sector. This consultation leads to the conclusion of a set of works that would have taken place over a cycle of three (3) years within the framework of the field “Professionalizing the teaching body””, declared Dr. Esdaille.
The Ministry of Education will now begin to focus its energies on the implementation and operationalization of all policies and frameworks that have been developed in this program area and hopes to engage the public via an education campaign on this what the professionalization of the teaching profession means for them.
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