Some 145 teachers in several key subject areas are set to graduate from the Education Ministry’s non-graduate certificate progamme offered by the National Centre for Educational Resource Development (NCERD), the ministry said in a press release Tuesday.
The teachers from across the country are pursuing studies in English, Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Biology and they are scheduled to sit their final examinations in December.
According to NCERD Director Mohandatt Goolsarran, 93 teachers did English, 25 Mathematics, 11 each Chemistry and Biology and five Physics. These teachers are expected to graduate early next year. The 18 month non-graduate certificate programmes are part of a series of continuous professional development programmes introduced by NCERD to build the capacity of teachers who are not formally trained in English, Mathematics, Chemistry, Physics and Biology to effectively impart these subjects.
This is part of the ministry’s drive to improve students’ performance at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, particularly in the areas of English and Mathematics.
Teachers who complete the programme will have an advantage when they apply for promotion, the release noted.
The NCERD conducts a range of face-to-face and distance education training courses based on the needs of the school system. These programmes are delivered both at the national and regional levels.
The continuous professional development courses offered by NCERD are also delivered through face-to-face instruction and distance modes.
Other courses offered by NCERD include classroom test construction and evaluation, guidance and counseling, curriculum management, personnel management for school managers and principles of education management.