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Student Teacher Dionne McLaughlin (centre) updates Hon. Deputy Premier, Juliana O'Connor-Connolly, JP (left) and Education Minister, Hon. Rolston Anglin, on her work at Creek and Spott Bay Primary School.

"How does it feel to be a Minister?" was one of the easier questions Education Minister, the Hon. Rolston Anglin, JP, fielded from students during his first official visit to the Sister Islands.

Accompanied by Ministry Chief Officer Mary Rodrigues, his itinerary included meetings with the Cayman Brac High School Student Council and with teachers and senior management staff in the Cayman Brac and Little Cayman school systems.

As a continuation of earlier initiatives designed to help garner feedback on the education system, Minister Anglin explained, "These meetings are designed to help us assess the system and determine strategies for moving forward.

"I want to know what's working and what isn't," he continued. "I want to know what students need to make learning easier and what teachers need to get their jobs done more efficiently. This way we can identify and prioritise areas needing our immediate attention."

The Minister encouraged teachers and students alike to be as candid and open as possible in their responses and comments.

Topics raised during the meetings included the need for a gifted programme for more advanced learners; clarity on corporal punishment in schools; additional art, science and information technology supplies; and more athletic options such as field-hockey and rugby. Facilities in need of repairs, upgrades and additions were also identified.

Other government officials in the visiting party were the Hon. Deputy Premier Juliana O'Connor-Connolly, JP; Chief Education Officer Shirley Wahler; Learning Community Leader Tammy Banks-Dacosta, and Ministry Facilities Manager Tommy Ebanks.

(GIS)

For further information contact: Kenisha Morgan