Minister of Education and Human Resource Development Petter St. Jean has urged principals all around the island to take charge of their schools and be effective managers.
Addressing the nation’s school principals at a meeting on Friday he said education is important and that they along with the Ministry of Education were charged with the future of the island.
“Children face many distractions that may interrupt learning however I believe that it is our responsibility to provide them with the right environment that promote effective teaching and learning,” he said.
He added that principals should motivate their team and adopt the policy of the Ministry of Education’s “Every Child can learn.”
He encouraged principals to become change agents and move away from the outdated teaching methods and make use of available technology. “It is OK to adapt to the changes to meet the needs of your students, you must be willing to take your schools into new areas, into new levels of teaching and learning. This could mean making use of the technology at the school. Move away from the old modalities and be innovative and creative,” St. Jean stated.
He added, “Furthermore I believe for effective management to take place there must be a greater emphasis on classroom management. Ensure that teachers are engaged in best classroom practices.”