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Jan 16, 2015

Ministry Addressing Human Resource Needs

David Leacock

The training works hand in hand with the education sector strategy of the ministry, says C.E.O. David Leacock. With major industries in the south for banana and the introduction of the NCL cruise port, the ministry is working on providing the human resources for available jobs; “Improving Quality and Relevance of Technical and Vocational Education and Training in Belize.”

 

David Leacock, C.E.O., Ministry of Education

“We are undertaking an effort to…the name we use is rationalize and diversify the secondary school curriculum and we want to integrate technical and vocational education into that curriculum to ensure that all students have access to it while they are in high school and not have to do it after high school. Because I think if you got to high school and get an “academic education,” and all your friends are going to junior college, you don’t want to go to an ITVET. So we need to bring it closer to the students and we are doing that with this initiative that I am mentioning. In fact we have already begun to encourage it whereby the secondary schools, many secondary schools are now sending students over to the ITVET to take technical courses. We have that occurring in Belize City: if you got to the ITVET campus in Belize City, you will see students from Sadie Vernon, Maud Williams even Nazarene and Wesley College are attending that school. In the south in Toledo, an arrangement between Julian Cho and ITVET Toledo; in the north, in Corozal, with similar arrangements occurring. We are going to continue to encourage this and formalize it with the reform of curriculum in secondary education.”

 

Part of the process will include the introduction of the regional Caribbean Vocational Qualification certification system into Belize, which is comparable to the various levels in academics. 

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