GIS - 12 July, 2018: Two remedial classrooms aiming at providing a conducive environment to students with learning difficulties were inaugurated yesterday by the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Tertiary Education and Scientific Research, Mrs Leela Devi Dookun-Luchoomun in presence of the Managing-Director of Terra Foundation, Mr Nicolas Maigrot and other personalities at the H. Ramnarain Government School in Terre Rouge.
This initiative is in line with Government’s vision of a more inclusive and equitable quality education that responds to the pedagogical needs of each and every student of the country.
In her address, Minister Dookun-Luchoomun reiterated Government’s commitment to provide equal educational opportunities to students facing problems in acquiring foundational learning skills at primary level. She pointed out that the construction of these two classrooms in this Zones d’Education Prioritaires (ZEP) school, financed by Terra Foundation, will effectively serve to coach pupils in need of remedial assistance. In this appropriate setting, the pupils will be able to learn at their own pace and develop their self-confidence as regards catching up with academic programmes, she added.
The Minister further spoke of the various measures that have been implemented by the Ministry to better improve the quality of teaching and learning through the promotion of effective classroom practices. They comprise: the introduction of the Early Support Programme seeking to enhance pupils’ readiness for learning in the early years; the Nine-Year Basic Continuous Education project promoting the holistic development of all students; the recruitment of additional support teachers and the launching of Natation Scolaire programme for students to learn swimming.
Government, Mrs Dookun-Luchoomun underlined, has also initiated community schools where academic teaching and community engagement are integrated with a view to encourage children from vulnerable families in their academic pursuit. She further emphasised that necessary pedagogical tools and materials are being provided to upgrade the learning environment of students. On this score, she pointed out that the tablet project is being extended to Grade three students.
As regards the progress of ZEP schools, she highlighted that they are significantly improving in terms of pass and absenteeism rate. The Education Minister called on educators to continue in their strive to assist students in their learning process and encourage them to work harder and show concerted efforts so as to succeed in their academic endeavours irrespective of their economic and social backgrounds.
For his part, Mr Maigrot underscored that Terra Foundation has been providing continuous support to H. Ramnarain Government School over the years with the aim to help needy students of vulnerable families to have access to a better quality of education. The construction of these two remedial classes with the provision of two additional support teachers testifies the commitment of the organisation to enhance the learning experience of students.
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