SALCC to transition to university college

Lecturers from the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College (SALCC) were given an opportunity to voice their concerns regarding the school’s transition from a community college into a university college.

Minister for Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development, Hon. Dr. Gale Rigobert met recently with the board of the SALCC and lecturers to facilitate dialogue on the subject.

“We want to establish seamless interaction, that the information sharing does not encounter any blocks or hurdles; that we are all in the know; we are on the same page and that we understand the shared vision and are equally committed to fulfilling the mandate before us,” she said.

Principal of the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, Olivia Saunders, spoke on the progress of the transition.

“We have already made some infrastructural changes as regards to organizational infrastructure. We have a number of committees who are working towards putting policies, processes in place, making proposals even in regards to the new legislation that will govern the university college. We have committees in place that will be putting forth a strategic plan for the university college for 2017 to 2022 and they all be reporting in April/May.”

President of the Saint Lucia Teachers Union, Julian Monrose, who also participated in the meeting, expressed his organization’s support towards the transition process.

“That is the kind of thing we want to encourage where there is dialogue with the faculty, the board, the management and the Ministry of Education, because all of us are involved in the business of education and we have a responsibility to ensure that the quality of education provided at all levels is at the highest.”

It is expected that the Minister for Education in the coming weeks will engage the staff of the SALCC in a follow-up meeting on the transformation of the tertiary institution.