Government addressing issues of quality control in education and technical vocational education

Roseau, Dominica – August 11, 2010……….. The recent formation of the National Accreditation Board and the Technical Vocational Council by the Government of Dominica is a clear manifestation of government’s commitment to address both issues of quality control in education and technical vocational education.

This information is contained in the Economic and Social Review for the fiscal year 2009/2010 laid in Parliament at its last sitting in July.

The document reveals that the National Accreditation Board (NAB) of the Commonwealth of Dominica, established in 2006, is the principal body for conducting and advising on the accreditation and recognition of post-secondary and tertiary educational and training institutions, programmes and awards, local or foreign, and for the promotion of the quality and standards of post-secondary and tertiary education and training in Dominica.

The National Accreditation Board monitors and evaluates the quality of post-secondary and tertiary educational institutions, programmes and awards, to safeguard the interest of the public and to improve the quality of education and training offered in Dominica.

Activities already undertaken by the NAB include: improving standards of literacy; improving standards of numeracy; supervision and support for school staff and pastoral care initiatives.

The 2009/2010 Economic and Social Review also reveals that the Ministry of Education considers Technical Vocational Education as an essential aspect of the development of education in Dominica.

Last month the US$4 million CDB -funded Education Enhancement project was launched. This project focuses on developing aspects of technical vocational education through the development of human resource and the upgrading of secondary schools to accommodate the inclusion of more technical vocational subjects within the school curriculum.

As a result of this major investment, the Ministry is in the process of identifying several additional teachers for training at universities within the region.

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