by Kevon Browne
St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): During his opening remarks at the 2021-2022 school year Minister of Education the Hon. Jonel Powell spoke of investments in the Technical Vocational Education Training (TVET) spaces in secondary schools across the Federation.
“The full scope of work done in secondary schools included the renovation of Home Economic Centers and Woodwork Shops in all secondary schools; Electrical Labs at Cayon High and the Washington Archibald High Schools; the Clothing and Textile Centers at Verchilds High School, Washington Archibald High School, Saddlers Secondary, and Charles E. Mills Secondary; the Home Management Flat at Cayon High and a new Technical Drawing Room equipped for CAD Drafting at Charles E. Mills School. Our teachers and students can now enjoy stimulating environments that will support teaching and learning,” said Minister Powell.
The total construction cost of the project is some EC$3.1 million.
The Minister then turned to the new TVET wing on Nevis.
“At Gingerland Secondary, the New Technical Wing is due to open in September 2021. This project is being constructed at a cost of $3.8 million. This two-story building features a woodwork shop, technical drawing-room, cosmetology lab, two multipurpose classrooms and much-needed space for storage,” noted the Minister.
The investment in technical and vocational studies within the Federation was funded by the Caribbean Development Bank and SKN Government.
Minister Powell also said the ministry is developing a national training institute in the Federation, starting with the investment and enhancement of TVET spaces.
“It is anticipated that such an entity would provide opportunities for training and certification of TVET disciplines that enable our education system to respond to the labour market needs in our country.”