Minister without Portfolio in charge of Education, Karl Samuda, says the first phase of a new certification programme as part of the government’s push to restructure the education system will begin for the start of the new school year.

The National School Leaving Certificate is set to become a new level of certification for students.

It’s part of the government’s efforts to have a comprehensive programme to educate children from their first 1-thousand days through to grade 13.

Minister Samuda also told the media at a conference at the Ministry’s Hero’s Circle office today, that all’s in place for the smooth start of the new school year.

William Mitchell reports.

The National School Leaving Certificate is designed to ensure all students leaving the education system will do so with the equivalent of an associate’s degree.

The Certificate is also designed to ensure people leaving the secondary system are trained and certified to go directly into the labour market with a skill.

It was announced by former Education Minister, Ruel Reid, last year.
Minister Samuda says the pilot programme for the certificate will be launched this year.

Meanwhile, Minister Samuda says everything is in place to facilitate the smooth start of the new school year.

He says each student will be receiving $19,000 dollars. A total of $11 billion will be provided to schools for this school year.

Minister Samuda says the Ministry is also putting measures in place to ensure schools have enough water and increased storage for the start of the school year.

And he’s encouraging parents to make contributions to their schools in the new school year.

Meanwhile, Minister Samuda says last year’s Grades 4 and 5 cohort will receive the results of their Primary Exit Profile Examinations in September and October.