Investment Never Looked Better

12 May 2017

Prime Minister Allen Chastanet is of the view that making digital educational content available can lessen the dependence on textbooks.

Speaking at the House sitting of the 2017 Appropriation Bill, Prime Minister Chastanet announced that a comprehensive assessment of all schools will be conducted in an effort to enhance quality and transform the education sector into one that is globally competitive.

“The government will introduce and enforce standards throughout the education system,” he said. “These will include standards for school buildings and infrastructure, school supervision, policy administration, teacher preparation and curriculum delivery.”

The prime minister remarked that the government’s aim is to ensure that students are globally competitive and can thrive in a rapidly changing world.

“We must prepare our students to compete globally by modernizing our curriculum and incorporating technology into the delivery of lessons. The use of ICT must be embraced by students and teachers and a greater effort must be made to incorporate ICT into our education system.”

In keeping with global technological advancements, Prime Minister Chastanet revealed that government will be working to make digital content available, consequently making textbooks a secondary measure in schools.

“The Ministry of Education will work with our teachers to develop digital content catered specifically for students. It is our intention to reduce the dependence on textbooks and create an environment which embraces electronic learning. It is our intention to create a technology literate generation who can use ICT for productive means, and are capable of functioning effectively in a globally, technologically-driven society.”

This commitment from the Head of Government comes as the island prepares to welcome its first artificial intelligence call center before the end of this year.