Career & Education

Trainee teachers to have ICT as part of core competencies

Sunday, September 03, 2017

Print this page Email A Friend!


The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information says it is moving to optimise schools' output through greater use of information and communications technology (ICT) in teaching.

Among the strategies is ensuring that trainee teachers are equipped with computer skills as part of their core competencies.

Speaking at the Teachers Colleges of Jamaica professional development workshop at the Jamaica Conference Centre, downtown Kingston, on Wednesday, portfolio minister, Ruel Reid, reiterated the Government's commitment to repositioning Jamaica on the cutting edge of technology, particularly in education, to meet the growing demand for technology skills in business process outsourcing, knowledge process outsourcing and engineering.

He noted concerns from several school principals about the limited knowledge of technology among some trainee teachers, and said the ministry planned to rectify the situation by incorporating ICT in the colleges' training programmes to facilitate its use in the preparation of lesson plans, delivery of lectures and general administration.

The two-day workshop, from August 29 to 30, is staged at the start of each semester, and targets administrators from the country's eight teacher-training institutions who meet for professional development training and discussions on issues impacting education.

The institutions include Bethlehem Moravian College, Catholic College of Mandeville, Church Teachers' College, Moneague College, St Joseph's Teachers' College, Shortwood Teachers' College, Sam Sharpe Teachers' College, and The Mico University College.

The workshop was staged in collaboration with the Joint Board of Teacher Education, University of the West Indies (UWI).

ADVERTISEMENT




POST A COMMENT

HOUSE RULES

1. We welcome reader comments on the top stories of the day. Some comments may be republished on the website or in the newspaper � email addresses will not be published.

2. Please understand that comments are moderated and it is not always possible to publish all that have been submitted. We will, however, try to publish comments that are representative of all received.

3. We ask that comments are civil and free of libellous or hateful material. Also please stick to the topic under discussion.

4. Please do not write in block capitals since this makes your comment hard to read.

5. Please don't use the comments to advertise. However, our advertising department can be more than accommodating if emailed: advertising@jamaicaobserver.com.

6. If readers wish to report offensive comments, suggest a correction or share a story then please email: community@jamaicaobserver.com.

7. Lastly, read our Terms and Conditions and Privacy Policy



comments powered by Disqus
ADVERTISEMENT

Poll

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT

Today's Cartoon

Click image to view full size editorial cartoon
ADVERTISEMENT