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Published 6th March 2007, 4:55pm

Following the Minister's statement to the media on Friday, the Ministry of Education, Training, Employment, Youth, Sports & Culture is advising members of the public that they are invited and encouraged to attend a meeting on education law, taking place this Thursday 8th March, between 7:00pm and 8:30pm, at Mary Miller Hall in Red Bay.

In the climate following the national education conference of 2005, and the ensuing national consensus on the future of education, the Education Ministry recognizes a clear need to ensure that the education law of the Cayman Islands should be truly reflective of the full range of initiatives, both planned and currently underway; the government's vision for education reform in the 21st century; and the principles by which the transformation of the system are guided.

The public meeting is one of a series of events, taking place this week concurrent with a visit to the Cayman Islands from a senior solicitor for the National Union of Teachers in the United Kingdom, Graham Clayton. The purpose of Mr. Clayton's visit is to assist the Cayman Islands government with the drafting of a new law.

Mr. Clayton's 30 years experience in the field includes drafting education laws in other jurisdictions, and he comes to us highly recommended by Professor Stephen Heppell, a world-leading expert who is well-known for his work with the Ministry.

Subjects under discussion at the public meeting are expected to include the new governance model, school inspections, the national curriculum, TVET management, the education council, human resources and ensuring that synergy exists between the new law and the early childhood law.

It is expected that the result of this work will contribute towards the successful development of a new education law which will embody a 21st century approach to the delivery of education in the Cayman Islands, and contribute to the foundations of the new governance model for the education system in the Cayman Islands .

Members of the public are strongly encouraged to attend and bring with them their own topics and ideas for discussion.