Basseterre, St. Kitts, October 21, 2019 (SKNIS): The Government of National Unity recognizes the importance of the education system in St. Kitts and Nevis. Against this backdrop, the Team Unity Administration continues to work assiduously to ensure that students and teachers alike benefit from increased assistance and opportunities.
“At least 300 citizens are receiving support to pursue studies around the world – the largest number on record. These achievements make me feel especially proud as the Minister responsible for Education,” said Acting Prime Minister, Shawn Richards at the St. Kitts-Nevis Chamber of Industry & Commerce’s (CIC) Annual Private Sector Banquet held at the St. Kitts Marriott Resort on Saturday, October 19, 2019.
Minister Richards said that the government is committed to ensuring that teachers are properly trained in order to unlock the full potential of students.
“As part of our government’s mission to transform and enrich the lives of students throughout the country, we will continue to place much emphasis on the training of educators,” said the acting prime minister. “This is why the Government recently invested in fifty teachers to engage in a Master’s Programme of study in education leadership and other areas of engagement in collaboration with the University of the West Indies. This is the first time in the history of our education system that such expenditure has come to the fore where so many teachers are benefiting from post-graduate training.”
He noted that the initiatives undertaken by the government “is representative of the kinds of investments that we are making to ensure that we have quality human resource to take our country to the next stage of its development.”
Equally important, Acting Prime Minister Richards spoke to the assistance to the early childhood sector.
The Team Unity Administration’s investment in the education sector “has seen each child in our 15 public early childhood centres receiving $25.00 weekly as a subvention. The vast majority of private early childhood centres are also benefiting from this subvention, with parents paying the balance of the amount charged for childcare and pre-school education services,” he added.