Minister goes ‘back to school’

| 18/10/2011

(CNS): The education minister is back in the classroom this month on a tour of the country’s public schools in order to gather information about what is “happening on the ground,” Rolston Anglin said. The school visits provide him and government officials the opportunity to see both the good and bad regarding the results of policy decisions, implemented changes and outstanding issues that remain to be addressed. This year’s visits started at the Lighthouse School and have been followed by stops at Red Bay and East End Primary schools as well as Clifton Hunter High which as a result of delays to the new high school development projects is still sited on the old George Hicks Campus.

The Minister will continues his visits to other schools this week where the itinerary for each visit includes a tour of the school, separate meetings with the school’s senior management team and teaching staff.

“Visiting schools at the start of each school year gives me an opportunity to gather insights on what’s happening on the ground at schools and talk with teachers who are on the frontline daily,” Anglin stated in a release from government information services about the tours. “It comes down to seeing first hand all the good work that’s happening with our teachers in the classroom and giving them an opportunity to meet, voice their concerns and needs, and discuss areas they’d like the ministry to focus on,” he added.

This is the third year that the minister has set out to visit every school as the academic year starts.

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