Last week the work group vocational education Saba and Statia met for the first time. The work group has been assigned to produce an implementation plan in December 2015 for the redevelopment of the vocational education in Statia and Saba. The redevelopment is necessary because with the choice for English as language of instruction also for vocational education the need arose to use an English language exam structure. Following a thorough orientation at the end of last school year the choice was made for the vocational training system of the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC), called CVQ (Caribbean Vocational Qualification).
The CVQ vocational training system is similar to the MBO system within the Dutch education system. The working group, in close cooperation with the ROA (Council for Education and the Labour Market) Caribbean Netherlands, will see which training courses within the CVQ system meets the needs of the local labour market on these two islands and which demands this will place on the teachers and all the necessary equipment for the schools involved. The aim is to have the CVQ system operational on Saba in August 2016 and on Statia most likely in August 2017.
The work group is comprised of the Directors of secondary schools on Statia and Saba, the Coordinator for the transition to English as instruction language on St. Eustatius, the Policy Advisor of RCN/Education, Culture and Science and the Head of the RCN/Education, Culture and Science
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