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Prime Minister Mia Mottley

If Barbados is to be a confident nation with confident people, it will require a change in the way we raise our children, said Prime Minister Mia Mottley.

And she said that there will be a reform of the education system during this legislature.

“The idea that we will continue to deregister children at the age of 10, 11 and 12 is the greatest tragedy of a post-independence Barbados,” the prime minister said at the swearing-in ceremony of the new government at State House on Wednesday. .

“If I pray for nothing else this term, it’s that our education system will finally be reformed to give every Barbadian boy and girl,” she said to applause, “every boy and girl Barbadians who are blessed to be the best they could have paired with the best the country has to offer to applause.

The Prime Minister said that the school system must therefore be organized on two premises:

  • That children should make the decision when they are truly capable of knowing what their future will look like; ten and 11 years old is too young for that.
  • That every school must be a school of excellence.

She praised Deputy Prime Minister and former Education Minister Santia Bradshaw for ‘doing the heavy lifting’ so new Minister Kay McConney can now push ahead with the education reform agenda .

Since taking office in 2018, successive administrations of Mia Mottley have vowed to move away from the Barbados Secondary School Entrance Examination or Common Entrance. Bradshaw said last September that elementary school children would no longer be ready to take an exam.

It was expected that a new system would be in place by 2021, but the challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic and the shift to remote teaching and learning have delayed this.

Work has already started through the education reform unit which has drafted a framework for the new structure.

Earlier, Mottley said civics should also be put back on the curriculum because there was “too much ignorance about how government works”. (SAT)

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