Moving Towards Educational Stability
Published 2nd February 2011, 11:16am
On 21 January 2011, principals and teachers from all government schools in Grand Cayman and Cayman Brac were the first audiences for the launch of the Government's Education Stabilisation Plan. The plan sets out the vision, strategic objectives and actions that are guiding efforts to improve and bring a sense of stability to the government education system. In his address to educators, Education Minister, the Hon. Rolston Anglin, JP, noted that the plan aims to document both the priorities identified by educators for improving the system, and how they are being addressed. "This plan documents the choices we made since 2009, after consultation with teachers, students, parents and other education stakeholders," he said. "It responds to the many pressing needs and challenges, and aims to create a stable foundation for further work". According to the Minister, this further work includes development of a National Strategic Plan for education, which will build on the Stabilisation Plan, and take a longer-term perspective. The, Education Stabilisation Plan contains objectives, enablers and actions organised under 4 broad priority areas: "Enhancing Leadership and Governance", "Enhancing Student Performance", "Enhancing Skills for Work Readiness", and "Improving and Expanding Early Childhood Care and Education". Minister Anglin emphasised that the Education Stabilisation Plan was important to set the strategic direction for the system, and to ensure all stakeholders were clear about "where we are, where we are going and why". "It's also about accountability," he explained, "about documenting the choices you are making, explaining what you are trying to achieve and setting timelines. That's something that has been lacking in previous efforts at reform," he stated. Every educator in the Government system received copies of the Plan, which is in draft format, to allow for feedback. Also distributed were copies of an Education Progress Report which documents the progress that has been made since 2009 against the priorities identified in the Plan. Further progress reports are planned in six-month intervals. In closing Minister Anglin noted, "Our challenge is to build, implement and support an education system that creates citizens who can contribute to the economic and social growth of the Cayman Islands. "We are not going to see the benefits of these new programmes tomorrow, but we're about to embark on something that will be meaningful and exciting and that will have a profound impact. We are creating a new legacy for education that will be looked at in the future as the start of something incredibly special." Further presentations of the Education Stabilisation Plan are planned, to engage a wide cross-section of stakeholders. These include appearances on local talk shows, and meetings with representatives of parent teacher associations and the Cayman Islands Chamber of Commerce membership. Draft copies of the Education Stabilisation Plan and Education Progress Report are available at www.education.gov.ky.