By Emel Thomas, Colin Brock
Education within the Commonwealth Caribbean and Netherlands Antilles offers a modern survey of schooling improvement and key academic matters within the Caribbean with the contribution of lecturers operating heavily within the box. It deals a overview of latest schooling regulations and explores a number of the difficulties those nations face through the technique of improvement. The booklet additionally comprises discussions of the effect of neighborhood, nearby and international occurrences, together with social, political and geographical occasions, on schooling structures and education within the sector. the amount as a complete offers a accomplished reference source for schooling within the Caribbean, overlaying: Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, the Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bermuda, the British Virgin Islands, the Cayman Islands, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, the Netherlands Antilles (Aruba, Bonaire, Curacao, Saba, Saint Eustatius and Saint Maarteen), Montserrat, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Surinam, Trinidad and Tobago, and the Turks and Caicos Islands.
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This provided a major incentive for teachers to receive specialist training. Antigua and Barbuda 39 In 2009, a new policy was announced that teachers were now responsible for paying for their own training, and that no teacher would be hired unless they had successfully completed teacher training at the diploma level. This policy removed both the salary incentive and the scholarship for training. For the past 25 years, teachers have been required to pass ﬁve O level subjects including mathematics and English to be hired as a teacher in the public school system.
Therefore they cannot not be expected to achieve the beneﬁts and the capacity predicted from mastering the curriculum. 1 would indicate that for every year since the inauguration of this new programme, there has only been a minority of students gaining a passing grade. There is an average of 64 per cent of students failing to gain a pass grade. 2. 3). In fact, the new programme would not cut costs but rather increase government spending in the education sector, since there would be the need to provide post-secondary education for the majority of school leavers seeking employment in the labour force who did not attain a pass grade in the CXC terminal exams in Form 5.
As such, the government of Anguilla has been placing much emphasis on improving the quality of teaching and learning in schools (Government of Anguilla, 2005, 2006). This is in an attempt to improve 16 Education in the Commonwealth Caribbean and Netherlands Antilles students’ performance and teachers’ working conditions, which in turn could inﬂuence the recruitment and retention of teaching professionals. 115), writing in the UK context, recognizes that: The condition of teaching appears to have deteriorated over the past two decades, and teachers have become devalued by the community and the public.