CHARLESTOWN: During his New Year’s address last week, Premier Vance Amory announced that the Department of Education has been incorporated into the Premier’s Ministry.
Amory, who is also the Minister of Education, said the move would ensure greater effectiveness in the administration of education on Nevis.
“My fellow citizens, in an effort to improve efficiency and rationalize supervision and administration of education on our island, I have decided to attach the Department of Education to the Premier’s Ministry,” he said. “Therefore, the Department of Education will be subsumed into the Premier’s Ministry.”
Amory said one of the goals of the Nevis Island Administration (NIA) this year is to resolve all amenities in the teaching service and the public service to ensure that all civil servants are comfortable and become more efficient in order to serve the people of Nevis with professionalism and civility.
He said the education system on the island continued to be a beacon among its neighbours in the region and, therefore, the NIA intended to enhance the education system on Nevis to improve on the successes of the past. Amory said that in 2014 the island’s education sector experienced unprecedented success.
“As a society, we have the responsibility to mould our young and let them soar to greater heights. We challenged our teachers and students to use the tools of education to develop better citizens, to develop communities, to develop a better country.
“In 2014, they responded with great academic focus, decisiveness and discipline and I am confident that we will see the positive impact on our country as time goes on,” he said.
Amory discussed provisions in education that would be taken this year, which would provide all with vital access to opportunities.
“We have decided to create a department to focus solely on tertiary education. It will comprise of the Distance Education Unit, the TVET (Technical Vocational and Education and Training) program and other post-secondary education programs, such as Adult Education and continuing education in communities.
“In 2015, The Nevis Island Government will continue to acknowledge education as a sword for the weak and a shield for the defenceless. We will continue to project education as a beacon of hope and as a key to the door of opportunity for all,” he said.