Thirty-five recently-appointed school managers drawn from primary and secondary schools mostly in Georgetown were on Monday apprised of their roles and expectations at a four-day workshop.
The seminar which was organized by Principal Education Officer of Georgetown, Marcel Hutson enabled the senior teachers to receive instructions in several areas, including teachers’ accountability, effective school management and supervision, and the Ministry of Education’s records, documents and desk manual, a press release from the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD) said.
Hutson, speaking at the conclusion of the workshop held at the North Ruimveldt Multilateral School, said that the initiative was aimed at gearing the newly-appointed school managers with the requisite skills and attitudes to successfully transition from their former post to their new portfolio.
The principal education officer said further that he expected a higher quality of work, greater supervision and better results from their respective schools, and he underscored that this was a primary goal of the Ministry of Education.
He pointed out that the ministry had taken several initiatives to address problems of illiteracy and numeracy in schools and the results have been encouraging.
The new school managers will have to play their part to maintain this success and to eventually eradicate the shortcomings from the school system.
Hutson also stressed that the new seniors will be closely monitored in an effort to ensure that they deliver on these expectations.
The workshop is part of a wider initiative of the Ministry of Education to continuously orient and upgrade teachers to be more responsive to the changing demands of the school system, the release noted.
The workshop was facilitated by former Deputy Chief Education Officer for Admi-nistration Owen Alleyne and stems from a component of the Ministry of Education 2008-2013 Education Strategic Plan.