St Kitts and Nevis: PAM, CCM announce major developmental plans for education sector in manifesto  

As per their manifesto, Education and Vocational Training must be accessible and affordable. Such Training should prepare our people for the global labour market. 

St Kitts and Nevis: PAM, CCM announce major developmental plans for education sector in manifesto 
St Kitts and Nevis: PAM, CCM announce major developmental plans for education sector in manifesto 

St Kitts and Nevis: As PAM and CCM launched their joint manifesto, the Leader of People’s Action Movement- Shawn K Richards and Leader of Concerned Citizens Movement- Mark Brantley, announced their plans and policies for the Education and Vocational Training in St Kitts and Nevis. 

As per their manifesto, Education and Vocational Training must be accessible and affordable. Such Training should prepare our people for the global labour market. 

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One Movement Government will focus on technical and vocational skills by:

  • Implementing a National Technical and Vocational Educational Training (TVET) Policy which will provide the regulatory framework to guide and promote in school and future Training in high-skilled demand areas. 
  • Introducing a National School of Trade and Industry focused on providing the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) to all young people as the attainment of skills that are critical to the development of our society. CVQs are focused on the achievement of key competencies in core work practices of an occupational area consistent with the levels articulated within the region. 

One Movement Government will focus on early childhood education by: 

  •  Pursuing equitable access to early childhood education for our children in the Federation 
  • Facilitating the creation and improvement of our Early Childhood Centres and their pedagogy through the provision of incentives to our entrepreneurs. 
  • Facilitating the use of ICTs in Early Childhood Education to enhance teaching experience, student satisfaction and administrative purposes. 
  • Facilitating Training for personnel for ongoing professional development in the Early Childhood Centres. 
  • Creating an early identification system to detect learning impediments in order to take immediate remedial action. 

One Movement Government will focus on primary, secondary and tertiary education by: 

  • Making higher education more accessible and affordable by increasing our scholarship opportunities for young people. 
  • Reviewing the National Priority List for Training and scholarships to ensure that it is in sync with the needs and demands of St. Kitts and Nevis and the global labour market. 
  • Creating an online platform for the sourcing of available scholarships and training opportunities offered to young people of the Federation. 
  • Embracing bilingualism and multilingualism in primary schools, through the teaching of at least one foreign language, including French, Spanish or Mandarin. 
  • Overseeing the expansion of the Economic Cost Awards to include other areas needed for national development. 
  • Ensuring the history of St. Kitts and Nevis is taught in schools to imbue national consciousness within Kittitians and Nevisians. 
  • Integrating of ICTs into the curriculum in a more meaningful and intentional way to ensure young people have access to educational opportunities surrounding coding, robotics, entrepreneurship, and digital media, among other areas. 
  • Increasing allocation to adult lifelong learning programmes to ensure our population continues to be educated and provided with opportunities for their development. 
  • Facilitating One University Graduate per household dream by making strategic investments in post-secondary education. 
  • Introducing a government-sponsored national student loan scheme for our young people interested in post-secondary education in sync with our reviewed national priority list for Training. 
  •  Improving our Library Services and embarking upon a reading campaign across our Federation.