The provision of adequate training for teachers and other educators has been identified as critical to development and overall success of students.
“Across the board, we know that in order to increase students’ achievement levels teacher training is key,” Minister for Education and Human Resource Development, Petter Saint Jean stated at a recent Early Learners Workshop.
It was noted that appropriate teacher training is necessary to properly guide students through the school system.
“Our teachers must have the competence to effectively implement techniques and methods that help children to learn to read from a very early age,” Minister Saint Jean added.
He noted that teachers need to be able to teach the requisite decoding and comprehension skills that are essential for reading.
“Educators often take these skills for granted assuming that students will naturally adopt these abilities as they move through the school system,” he observed.
He noted that these skills must be “meticulously taught” so that students grow into active readers able to better appreciate the written word and its various interpretations and meanings.
Minister Saint Jean further added that the implementation of the Early Learners Program is necessary to enable teachers to contribute to their student’s development.
“The Early Learners Program, therefore, is well placed and indeed timely as a program that explores the many facets of language, and dialect, and their impact on the students’ ability to read,” Mr. Saint Jean added.
The Ministry of Education and Human Resource Development, in partnership with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and the OECS Education Development Management Unit, hosted an Early Learners Program seminar at the Public Service Union building in Roseau on 2-3 July 2018.