by Janelle Norville (GIS)
With the Caribbean Primary Exit Assessment (CPEA) soon to be implemented, the Ministry of Education, Innovation, Gender Relations and Sustainable Development is seeking to change the public’s perception of the perceived hierarchy of secondary schools on the island.
Ministry of Education’s Deputy Chief Education Officer with responsibility for Instruction, Dawson Ragunanan, indicated that all schools are equipped with the necessities to ensure student success.
“I want to ensure that persons understand that all of our schools have teachers who are well trained, qualified and committed to student success. There is equity across the board in terms of the qualifications of those teachers throughout all of our schools. I want to commend the students who have succeeded to secondary schools in Saint Lucia. Regardless of what school you have been assigned to, I want you to know that it is not the school that defines you, it is all about your dedication and discipline. If you can do those things, you will be successful.”
Mr. Ragunanan said graduates from every school on island contribute to the development of Saint Lucia. The COVID-19 pandemic has made it even more apparent that everyone—regardless of job or education—has a role to play in society.
“There are many persons who are doing very well in society, and if you take a look at the roots of those persons, you would see that all of our schools have contributed to the tremendous success that we have, in every field of study and career path,” he said. “Every occupation is important. We all depend on each other.”
Students throughout the island will soon begin a new chapter in their education journey. The Ministry of Education is encouraging all students to give of their best, to reap the inevitable success that will follow.