Minister of Education, Training and Employment, Rolston Anglin has wasted no time acquainting himself with his new areas of responsibility and gaining an early understanding of the issues and challenges that await his input, guidance and direction.
Following an initial introductory meeting with staff at the Ministry, the Minister and Chief Officer Mrs. Mary Rodrigues met with the senior team for a detailed operational briefing. They also hosted a meeting of the Ministry’s Heads of Department, and a briefing for elected members of Cabinet by the Chief Education Officer and her senior staff.
‘Our main focus at this stage is to listen,’ said Minister Anglin, ‘and I welcome the very useful and frank insights shared by our core team and HOD’s, as well as the opportunity to ask questions and to share some of my own views and expectations. If my ministry’s goals are to be achieved, we will need an effective core team and a productive and collaborative working relationship with our various Departments and Statutory Bodies, and these meetings were useful beginnings’.
Minister Anglin explained that, given the fundamental impact that the areas of education, training and employment have on the country’s future, great care should to be taken ‘to ensure that policies, strategies and programmes that are developed and implemented will not only lead us through this difficult economic period, but will also address our most pressing needs, both in the short and longer terms.’
The Minister and Chief Officer also visited with government school principals and senior staff from the Department of Education Services attending the National Educational Leadership Programme (NELP). A further meeting with principals is being planned.
They also fielded questions and learned about the priorities and perspectives of private school principals at a meeting of the Private School Association.
‘I am also looking forward to visiting all of the Government schools, the University College and all of our various departments in the very near future,’ the Minister noted. ‘I am particularly keen to speak with not just senior management but all staff, to hear what they believe the priorities and issues are, and I hope that there will be frank discussion and collaboration on the way forward.’