Minister of Education Jeffrey Lloyd said yesterday that 13 positions, which had been left vacant in the Ministry of Education for years, have finally been filled.
He made the announcement during a press conference held at the Ministry of Youth, Sports and Culture yesterday to reveal the Ministry of Education’s revised school curricula.
“I am also pleased today to announce the addition of nine new curriculum officers, along with four subject secretaries to our team here at the ministry,” Lloyd said.
“These curriculum officers will be to oversee the instructional content in our classrooms, while our subject secretaries will be responsible for managing the assessment process, which includes testing and evaluation.”
He added, “We are pleased that we are now able to fill these posts and provide the additional support for our teachers, particularly our vo-tech (vocational-technical) education and training educators because this area is pivotal to us closing the skills gap in our workforce; and we want to ensure that our students are trained not only in the curriculum content, but that they can confidently carry out the practical skills, which are demanded by industry in the world today.”
Last week, the Bahamas Technical and Vocational Institute (BTVI) released the results of a workforce survey it carried out, which indicated that a lack of skills among potential employees remains a “significant challenge in hiring” for a large number of businesses on New Providence.
According to the report, 65.48 percent of 113 businesses surveyed cited “literacy and numeracy skills of candidates” as the major challenge.