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Chief Education Officer Shirley Wahler.

Published 18th October 2010, 5:1pm

Adult education classes, leading to external examinations in a range of subjects, are now being offered by the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre (CIFEC) in the afternoons and evenings. Participants taking these subjects will be prepared for the 2011 May/June CXC and GCSE examinations. The programme was established in response to public demand, Chief Education Officer Shirley Wahler noted. It was commissioned by the Ministry of Education, Training and Employment, and developed with input from the University College of the Cayman Islands. Classes are open to all adult and young adult learners; however, the programme is ideally suited for individuals who need to re-sit specific examinations. Strongly endorsing the programme Minister for Education, the Hon. Rolston Anglin, observed that some recent graduates would have already realised the serious implications of not having a number of quality passes in their secondary examinations. He noted that the program offers vital second chances so that students, who have fallen short for whatever reason, can continue their academic journey and obtain professional success. He encouraged potential students to take advantage of this opportunity to improve their qualifications and strengthen their ability to compete in both the academic arena and the job market. "While the program primarily targets recent graduates," he noted, "it also gives persons who have already joined the working world the chance to strengthen their foundational skills so that they can open up opportunities for higher education and job advancement." Courses include English; mathematics; human and social biology; child development; Spanish; social studies; business studies; and electronic document preparation and management. Classes will begin the week of 8 November and end in June, totalling about 22 weeks. Students will have two two-hour classes per week. The cost for each course is CI$300, which includes the examination fee and course resource materials. All courses will be taught by qualified and experienced subject teachers. Application forms are available at the DES, on Thomas Russell Way; the Ministry of Education, Training and Employment, in Royal Plaza on Cardinall Avenue; local libraries; UCCI, on Olympic Way (next to the Truman Bodden Sports Complex); and www.education.gov.ky. Registration is scheduled for Monday, 25 October from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Clifton Hunter High School (formerly George Hicks High School). Applications may be submitted and fees paid, at that time, Mrs. Wahler said. Applications also can be submitted Monday through Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Department of Education Services. For more information, prospective students can call DES at 945-1199.