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Minister, Brac students go one-on-one

Published on Friday, February 5, 2010 Email To Friend    Print Version

Ministry of Education Chief Officer Mary Rodrigues, on left, and Education Minister, the Hon. Rolston Anglin, listen to a member of the Cayman Brac High School Student Council during a recent school visit. (Photos by Kenisha Morgan)

Fielding questions from students is part of the Education Ministry’s strategy for getting feedback on the education system.

“How does it feel to be a Minister?” was one of the easier questions Education Minister, the Hon. Rolston Anglin, JP, got from students during his first official visit to the Sister Islands recently.

Accompanied by Ministry Chief Officer Mary Rodrigues, his itinerary included meetings with the Cayman Brac High School Student Council and with teachers and senior management staff in the Cayman Brac and Little Cayman school systems.

“These meetings are designed to help us assess the system and determine strategies for moving forward,” said Minister Anglin. “I want to know what’s working and what isn’t. I want to know what students need to make learning easier, and what teachers need to get their jobs done more efficiently. This way we can identify and prioritise areas needing our immediate attention.”

The Minister encouraged teachers and students alike to be as candid and open as possible in their responses and comments.

Topics raised during the meetings included the need for a gifted programme for more advanced learners; clarity on corporal punishment in schools; additional art, science and information technology supplies; and more athletic options such as field hockey and rugby. Facilities in need of repairs, upgrades and additions were also identified.

Other government officials in the visiting party were the Hon. Deputy Premier Juliana O’Connor-Connolly, JP; Chief Education Officer Shirley Wahler; Learning Community Leader Tammy Banks-Dacosta, and Ministry Facilities Manager Tommy Ebanks.
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