The government is continuing to place emphasis on Technical Vocational and Education Training (TVET) for young people in this country.
Minister of Education, Sinclair Prince said that in the past many persons had a stigma towards TVET education, thinking that it was not a pathway to development; however, he said the government is now seeking to create multiple pathways for self-actualization for students.
Minister Prince said at present 15 percent of Secondary School students participate in the Technical Vocational and Education Training, and there are about 234 persons enrolled at the four Technical Institutes here, namely at Barrouallie, Campden Park, Georgetown and Kingstown.
He said there is a project ongoing presently in collaboration with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) to upgrade these Technical Institutes.
The Minister of Education said for the first time students sitting the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination will be doing Caribbean Vocational Qualifications (CVQs) in the electrical instillation and plumbing.
He also announced that sixteen teachers are scheduled to leave here this year to pursue a one-year training in a range of TVET subject areas such as plumbing, auto-mechanic and building construction, in Trinidad and Tobago.