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Jul 22, 2013

Conference of the Caribbean Association of Principals of Secondary Schools

The twenty-fourth biennial conference of the Caribbean Association of Principals of Secondary Schools started today with pomp and circumstance as delegations from across the Caribbean converged at the San Ignacio Resort Hotel for the event. For the next five days, the leaders from high schools will be discussing the management, achievements as well as new and unfamiliar practices and beliefs within the profession. Since its inception, the purpose of CAPSS is to inspire and enhance the leadership of principals, developing common educational goals. CAPSS dates back to 1986 and comprised of ten countries. Since youths are growing up in a technologically advanced era, the principals and schools alike must adapt to the times. And fittingly, this year, the conference is being held under the theme, “The Changing Dynamics of Education Leaders.” The conference will include presentations from several persons including the C.E.O. of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC). 


Maria Johnston, President, Belize Association of Principals of Secondary Schools (BAPSS)

Maria Johnston

“Every two years we meet to take a look at the education system in the Caribbean since all of us are from one same region. And especially because we are all also subjected to the regional exams for example the CXC so we have some common things to discuss.  We’re taking a look at the role of the leader and how leaders are the ones who effect change in the schools—whether it is in the instructional area, the moral area, the digital area—you know we are living right now in a society where two and three year olds know how to operate a telephone and other electronic devices. So we are taking a look at the different aspects of leadership.  Every two years we meet in different Caribbean territories for one week just to create not only friendship, but we also have a network where we can ask other persons in the Caribbean to share their ideas of a political and economic nature so that then we don’t have any resolutions at the end, but the last thing that works also helps us to make sure that our educational system in the region is compatible to everybody else’s.”

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