Ministry seeks support for early detection programme
CHIEF Education Officer Dr Grace McLean has called for the full support of the ministry's Early Detection, Support and Intervention (EDSI) programme in schools.
Speaking at the launch of the pilot for the programme in 56 primary and high schools at the Riu Hotel in St Ann yesterday, Dr McLean said the project is aimed at identifying issues among students early, getting the relevant people to intervene and then ensuring that the solutions are workable and sustained.
In an address to guidance counsellors, principals, deans of discipline and other stakeholders, Dr McLean said the ministry was very confident that the approach will work.
"You may not see the results tomorrow, but certainly over a three-to-five-year period we should see the results if we all put our hands and hearts together to implement this programme," she said.
Dr McLean said stakeholders in the education sector were being called on to ensure that there are behavioural changes which will assist students to learn and operate in a conducive environment.
She also appealed to stakeholders, especially teachers, to lead by example in the lives they live, the way they dress, the type of music they listen to and their overall deportment on and off the school compound.
"The leadership of this programme within your institutions is of paramount importance. We can't have a principal who takes a lacklustre approach when teachers are looking for that support. So, I would like for you (stakeholders) to start looking as you prepare your minds for this programme. I am encouraging you to focus and we are expecting you to guide the rest of the system," she said.
The EDSI programme was approved by the Ministry of Education earlier this year, a year after a proposal was submitted. It aims to work with all the on-plant stakeholders as well as draw on the support of inter-Governmental groups in providing support for students who need intervention in all aspects of their personal and educational lives.