Census about education, gov’t says

Education plays a major role in the
Cayman Islands Census, according to the government Economics and Statistics
Office.

Statistical data from each section
of the 2010 Census is designed to help officials determine – for example – how
many special education teachers are needed in our schools, or forecast the
number of students likely to live in each district over the next five to ten
years. 

Figures like the national
unemployment rate, as well as the percentage of residents employed in each
industry will also be calculated, officials said.

The data will help government
policy makers better plan, develop and implement initiatives to ensure
residents receive the services they need.  

“With information comes knowledge,
and with knowledge comes power,” said Education Minister Rolston Anglin. “But
in this instance we are referring to the power to change, grow and develop for
the better.

“Data gathered from this census
will strengthen our path, supplying us with vital details regarding the
education and employment of our people.

“It will give us the power to make
truly informed decisions on the best legislative and policy reforms necessary
for developing our human capital.”

Ministry Chief Officer Mary
Rodrigues noted that Cayman must first know where the country is coming from
and where it currently is before it can move forward. 

She said the information gathered
would raise the ministry’s awareness of community needs and allow for the
provision of better education and services.

“A good educational system relies
on high-quality information,” Chief Education Officer Shirley Wahler said. “The
more we collectively know about our students and our country, the better we can
meet future needs.”

The census exercise began on
Sunday, 10 October and ends Tuesday, 30 November.  Everyone, including children for whom a
census activity book has been especially designed, will have an opportunity to
participate.