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Education, Training, and Employment Minister, the Hon. Rolston Anglin, JP, addressing the first batch of students in the education system's new Year 12 programme.

For many decades the community has called for additional technical and vocational courses. This administration has answered that call.

Education Minister the Hon Rolston Anglin

Published 8th September 2010, 12:16pm

As hundreds of students prepared for their first day in the education system's new Year 12 programme, Education Minister, the Hon. Rolston Anglin, JP, encouraged them to take advantage of their second chance. During the students' first school assembly at the Cayman Islands Further Education Centre, Mr. Anglin shared with them some of the stark realities they could expect to face upon completion. He noted, "If you want to be successful, make the best of all that's on offer throughout this final year. The time and care with which you prepare to face the world will determine your future accomplishments." Over the last several days, students and parents have reviewed grades and met with Department of Education Services' staff members to determine placement in the Year 12 programme. Since the Economics & Statistics Office's 2008 Labour Force Survey reported that 35 percent of 15 -19 year-olds are unemployed, the Education Minister has been determined to implement measures to help reduce that figure. Minister Anglin further commented, "For many decades the community has called for additional technical and vocational courses. This administration has answered that call. This is but the beginning of an exciting journey which will provide more bridges to success for our students and our people." The new programme is designed to assist by permitting students to re-sit exams or explore vocational courses such as creative media production, motor vehicle repair, and information technology. Others may also use the time to prepare for the next step in their educational journey by exploring advanced placement course options.