$40 million boost for education – NationNews Barbados – nationnews.com

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Shawn Cumberbatch

The government is planning a $40 million overhaul of the education system to be funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB).

It will include major curriculum reform, modernization of the physical and digital infrastructure of at least ten primary schools, the integration of students with special needs into regular classrooms, increased professional development for teachers and directors and the creation of new digital and printed textbooks.

There are also plans to adapt assessments and examinations for primary pupils in grades 1, 3 and 4, as the government has announced that it will scrap the Barbados Secondary School Entrance Examination, also known as the common entrance exam name or 11-Plus.

Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley said at the recent St Philip Speaks Town Hall Forum that she would meet with the Department for Education after Crop Over to discuss education reform recommendations. This included the future of the common entrance. (CS)

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