Name: Tara Rivers
District: West Bay South
CANDIDATE IN THE NEWS
The Cayman Islands government has spent more than $500,000 since 2014 to cover budget shortfalls at the University College of the Cayman Islands which were partly blamed on declining enrollment and “static” school fees.
Dozens of new specialist teachers and teaching assistants have been hired for Cayman Islands public schools and about 10 more are due to be hired, Education Minister Tara Rivers told the Legislative Assembly Friday.
Education officials are putting a renewed focus on math education in Cayman’s schools. Addressing Cayman’s entire public school teaching body at the annual education conference at Clifton Hunter, Friday, Education Minister Tara Rivers said improving numeracy skills was the next major priority for the school system.
A celebration of International Women’s Day will take place at the Marriott Beach Resort on Wednesday, March 8. In keeping with this year’s theme, “Be Bold for Change,” the Family Resource Centre of the Department of Counselling Services has invited American author Jackson Katz as its keynote speaker.
Students and staff at West Bay’s Sir John A. Cumber Primary School last week had a kickoff party to mark the launch of a program aimed at reinforcing good behavior. The new government-backed Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports Framework event was attended by Education Minister Tara Rivers and other ministry representatives.
Although the total number of candidates who will contest the May 24 vote probably will not be known until nomination day, March 29, it is easily possible that a new record number of political hopefuls could be set.