Mediocre Education

The National Education Inspectorate, NEI, says the country’s public education system is mediocre!

That’s the damning assessment it’s given in its latest report which was released today.

The assessment has been made after it inspected 84-percent of public schools across the island.

Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, says he’s dissatisfied with this outcome.

The National Education Inspectorate assessed 1-hundred-and-29 schools in its latest round of inspections, between September last year and March this year.

1-hundred-and-15 were primary schools. Fourteen were secondary institutions.

Its report shows the majority of these schools – 79 of them or 61-percent – were ineffective. 50, or 39-percent, are rated as effective.

In other words, out of every 10 schools assessed, 6 were failing to effectively educate their students.

The Education Ministry defines an effective school as one with strong leadership, a clear mission, quality teaching and learning and effective monitoring of students’ progress.

It says such a school also has a safe and orderly climate, high expectations and parental involvement.

The NEI says its latest report is similar to previous rounds of inspection in two significant ways.

Firstly, that the data indicate that in a large number of schools, students have not attained the minimum academic standards.

There’s also a worry about primary schools, with more being assessed as unsatisfactory, compared to their secondary counterpart.

Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, is dissatisfied with the national trend that’s emerging.

Crucially, the NEI Report says with approximately half the teaching sessions observed rated as unsatisfactory, there’s an urgent need to ensure there’s a requisite link between teaching practices and the national curriculum.

That calls into question the guidance and innovativeness of school administrators.

Chief Inspector, Maureen Dwyer, says there’s a link between ‘leadership and management’ and ‘curriculum delivery and enhancement’. Two of the main areas assessed by the NEI.

The latest NEI Report shows leadership and management is unsatisfactory in 39-percent of the schools inspected.

It’s satisfactory in 52-percent and good in 8-percent.

The full NEI Report is to be made public after it’s tabled in the Parliament next month.

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