Sunday, February 29, 2004

Ja: Improving the educational system

A WIDE cross section of stakeholders attended the fifth in the series of National Roundtable consultations on education at the Knutsford Court Hotel in Kingston yesterday.

Attendees who including parents, educators, religious groups, civil servants, students and private sector representatives, had the opportunity to register their views on the problems and possibilities of the education sector.

Although more than 100 participants were present, many people shared similar ideas about the indicators of an advanced education system. It was felt that the literacy rate should be increased to the high 90s from 76 per cent where it now stands; teachers should be better trained, equipped and remunerated; schools should have adequate infrastructure, graduates should be competent in use and application of modern technology; and, graduates should make a meaningful contribution to the overall productive capacity of the country.


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