National curriculum review moves forward

The task-force responsible for the development of the Cayman Islands’ new national curriculum met recently, marking a key milestone in the project’s progress.

The task-force, comprising teachers and officials from various sections of Cayman’s education system and led by Chief Inspector of Schools Helena McVeigh, convened at a one-day workshop to prepare a document setting out the aims and principles for the design of the new curriculum, along with outcomes for students and the rationale for change, said a press release from the Ministry of Education.

This workshop followed a period of detailed analysis and review by members of the group.

The day was structured to allow small dedicated groups to focus on specific areas of the project and then table work for review to the task-force as a whole.

‘The commitment and professionalism of the teachers involved are outstanding,’ Mrs. McVeigh commented in the release. ‘This bodes well for the whole process of curriculum review and the necessary change that must accompany it.’

Education Minister Alden McLaughlin also expressed his delight at the outcome of the session. ‘The new national curriculum will shape the competencies and capabilities of future generations of Caymanians. This latest development demonstrates that we are moving forward in earnest with the delivery of a curriculum solution, which is tailored specifically for the economic and social needs of the Cayman Islands.’

The national curriculum task-force was formed to lead the government’s strategy on reviewing the national curriculum, which was defined following last September’s conference on the future of Education in the Cayman Islands. This is strategy 2 of 10 strategies identified as necessary to bring about improvements to the education system, the release said.

Its aim is to work with stakeholders to determine how and what should be taught to students of compulsory school age in the Cayman Islands government schools.