The Ministry of Education is giving assurances that students pursuing studies in the technical and vocational fields are not being left behind, during the current COVID-19 crisis.

In a news release issued today, the Ministry reports that there has been a daily upload of content to its Learning Management System, specifically targeting those students.

The release was issued in response to concerns raised by former Minister of Tertiary Education and Chaguanas East MP, Fazal Karim.

The full text of the Ministry’s statement, follows…

MOE CONTINUES TO SUPPORT VOCATIONAL STUDENTS DURING COVID-19

The Ministry of Education (MOE) continues to support students at all levels of the education system, including secondary students perusing studies in technical and vocational fields.

The Ministry through the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Unit of the Curriculum Planning and Development Division (CPDD) has been developing learning activities which are being upload daily to the Learning Management System for use by students and teachers during this period.

The Honourable Anthony Garcia, Minister of Education says immediately following the closure of all schools on March 16th, 2020, the Technical Vocational Education and Training (TVET) Unit of the Ministry of Education has been supporting students in continuing their courses of study at the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) levels.

Activities were developed for students at the three levels in TVET subjects offered at schools.

There are twenty-three activities for Technology Education and over one hundred activities for CSEC/CVQ and CAPE which were developed over the course of the last five weeks. These have been uploaded to the Ministry of Education’s online School Learning Management System (SLMS) and have incorporated syllabus content, simulated practical activities through electronic links, student activities and self-testing. The activities are supported with answer keys geared towards promoting guided and self-learning and involve varied teaching strategies that cater for different learning styles.

The Ministry is aware that TVET programmes have extensive practical content and are not the only secondary subjects with practical content or orals affected by the closure of schools. The Ministry is making efforts to ensure there is content with interactive videos or simulations to target the content matter. Additionally, discussions were held with the National Training Agency (NTA) on avenues to ensure that there is completion of the certification process for CVQ fifth form students.

TVET Education while present in all tiers of the education system has a more pronounced content base in the secondary school system.  The lower secondary school has the TVET subject Technology Education as a compulsory subject in Forms 1-3.  Schools across the nation offer at Forms 4-5 many TVET subjects including CSEC Home Economics, Agricultural Science, Industrial Technology, Business and Technical Drawing.  Several of these subjects are also offered at CAPE level (Form 6).  The TVET Unit is also proud that schools continue to offer many Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQs) depending on School Based plans and students’ interests.

The Ministry of Education remains committed to working with all stakeholders of the education system of Trinidad and Tobago in ensuring that the nation’s children are supported during the period of COVID-19.