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“We Need More Manpower” -Education Officer on Early Literacy

by: - February 19, 2020
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                       Education Officer for the Western district, Margaret Jules Royer

The Ministry of Education says it needs on all hands on the national deck to make reading and comprehension easier for primary school children.

Dominica Vibes spoke with District Education Officer for the West, Margaret Jules-Royer about the OECS/USAID Early Learners Programme.

This programme first trained teachers for better delivery in the classroom.
This time, Jules-Royer says more education partners are involved in the initiative to secure the success of young learners from grades one to three.

She reported, “We need more manpower. From now, we District Education Officers also supervise and see the different strategies which are used in the classroom to help improve comprehension skills, fluency, decoding and all the various skills in literacy. It’s more about giving support to each other and strengthening that support at the school level.”

She says literacy scores have been concerning hence the focused attention on improving reading at the early learning stage.

“Around 2011 we had our best results: at that time we had the CSEC programme and we saw very good results so we are hoping that in the next few years, because of the added support, we’ll see the scores moving up.”

She tells parents, the key stakeholders, to continue working with schools and calls for more support and collaboration on the home front.

Jules-Royer says parents are welcome to bring their strategies and tips to schools and teachers.

The OECS Early Learners Programme is also ongoing in Antigua and Barbuda, Grenada, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, and St. Vincent and the Grenadines.