Education shake-up begins

The shake-up in education heralded by last year’s publication of the National Consensus on the Future of Education in the Cayman Islands is already under way.

‘For the first time, all principals have been involved in interviews for new staff,’ Education Minister Alden McLaughlin told the Legislative Assembly.

‘All schools have identified existing and future staffing needs and the overseas recruitment process has begun, much earlier than in recent years. Job descriptions are under review to ensure consistency,’ he said.

Answering a question in the House, Mr. McLaughlin said a review of teachers’ conditions of service, including salaries, would start soon.

A full review of the Education Department’s financial processes has taken place and a report, which includes recommendations on how to delegate greater financial autonomy to principals, has been submitted.

‘Training for principals has already started,’ said Mr. McLaughlin.

‘Newly delegated financial autonomy will be piloted in a number of schools from September with a roll out for all schools to follow on,’ he said.

‘This will give principals increased flexibility and improve the efficiency of schools,’ he added.

A review of the entire national curriculum has started, Mr. McLaughlin.

‘It is crucial to provide a continuous and credible curriculum from early years through to tertiary and beyond, which is assessed to international standards and is relevant to our students and the Cayman Islands,’ he said.