Saint Lucia’s Education Minister Doctor Gale Rigobert has declared that in order to realise the transformation in this country’s economic fortunes and attain the social conditions necessary for lifting Saint Lucians from the current state of decay “in which we languish, we believe that education must be given the highest priority”.
“As a Government, we see education as providing the platform to enable all citizens of Saint Lucia to attain their full human potential,” Rigobert stated in a post on her official Facebook page.
“Education constitutes an investment in our people, in our future, in our human capital towards the creation of the new Saint Lucia which we are committed to building. We recognise education as a basic human right, a fundamental ingredient for tackling the problems of poverty and the foundation for achieving the wider political, economic, cultural and social goals that we have set for our country,” the Minister said.
She explained that to prepare students to participate meaningfully in this new global environment, institutions of learning must themselves embrace change and keep looking for ways to improve and remain relevant.
“We are therefore introducing and enforcing standards throughout the education system,” Rigobert noted.
She said these include standards for school buildings and infrastructure, policy administration, school supervision, curriculum delivery, teacher preparation and student performance.
The Education Minister’s post on her official Facebook page also appeared on the official Facebook page of Prime Minister Allen Chastanet.
“We see Education as a key pillar and an investment in our people, in our future and in our human capital towards the creation of the new Saint Lucia which we are committed to building,” Chastanet observed on his page.