Private Schools To Be Registered Or Face Sanctions
The Ministry of Education is encouraging private schools across the country to register with the ministry, warning that those that are unregistered could face sanctions or even be closed down if they fail to comply with another six months.
Speaking sternly on this issue at a one day seminar organized by the ministry for teachers and directors of private schools, education minister Shaik Baksh said that one particular area of concern is the need for private schools to follow the National Curriculum especially at the secondary level.
The minister said too often, criticisms are leveled against his ministry when schools fail to comply with the necessary requirements and academic standards laid out by the ministry. On this note, the minister said that the schools must take this issue seriously since 38% of the entries for the CSEC examinations are from private schools.
Over the years there has been an upsurge in the number of private schools throughout the country. According to the ministry’s records there are more than a hundred privately run schools in the country, but just about sixty of them have so far been registered. The ministry said that its main aim is to have private schools on the same level as the public schools so that no child will be left behind in the local education sector.