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June 2018

Peneux: Education must be at the level of the Caribbean

The training of officials who will be in charge of the reform of vocational education will start in July through the design of the Suriname National Training Authority. The Jamaican company Dunn Pierre, Barnett and Associates LTD (DBA) will train the 330 employees from different sectors. Minister Robert Peneux of Education, Science and Culture (MinowC) has received the management team from the DBA.

Peneux believes it is important that the reform process of vocational education is successful. “As a result, our education must be at the same level as the Caribbean. Moreover, it must also be geared to technological developments and the demand from the labour market. “

Roy Adema, chairman of the working group, says that with the arrival of the consultants the 3rd component of the Technical & Vocational Education and Training (TVET) project has started. “The training courses are not only for the staffing of the SNTA but also for the training institutes. People will be taught to think within the framework of training according to the need of the labour market. “

The DBA management team is now conducting preliminary discussions with the stakeholders. The first meeting was held with, among others, the SNTA Working Group, the PCU department of the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, the ASFA and the KKF. The DBA management explained its working method. The training is planned for the period from July 2017 until the end of October 2018, says MinowC.