Ministry of Education Launches Public Consultation
Today, the Minister of Education, Hon Diallo Rabain, JP, MP officially launched a consultation on the introduction of parish primary schools.
Minister Rabain explained, "In response to community calls for change in education, the Government of Bermuda has developed a profound and powerful vision and plan to change education. These efforts are holistic in nature. Therefore as a community, we must also consider taking a different approach to primary school education and how primary schools are organized.”
“Our profound and compelling vision is that each primary school will become the hub of its parish. Research shows that when families, community groups, businesses and schools band together to support learning, students achieve more in school and enjoy their educational experience. Future public primary schools will expand courses and programme offerings to provide students with a range of educational experiences and services that meet international standards.
The Minister went on to say, “We have a primary school enrolment of 2,074 students, and considerable human and financial resources spread inequitably across 18 primary schools. Our primary schools are old and were designed and built to support education from an earlier era. They require significant maintenance and repairs, and cannot support new teaching and learning models, and 21st century learning environments that our students need as part of a best in class education system.
Therefore, to modernize and transform, we propose to introduce parish primary schools.
“The consultation document is posted on the Ministry of Education website at www.moed.bm, along with an executive summary.
Engaging consultation activities will be announced in January to give stakeholders the opportunity to learn more and share their views.
This consultation will end on 12 March 2021. The dates for the public consultation meetings will be announced in January.
“I am encouraging the public to read the consultation document and to participate in the consultation process. Your views, feedback and recommendations will be critical and valuable part of this important process."