The report ‘Education Reforms in Action 2008-2014 – Learning for Life’ presented to stakeholders
The Minister also recalled that as from January 2012, the monthly per-capita grant of Rs 200 that was previously allocated only to children of age 4+ was extended to those of age 3+ as well and last year, some 22,360 children attending private pre-primary schools benefitted from the grant. (Image: Tourisme)
The report ‘Education Reforms in Action 2008-2014 – Learning for Life’, presenting the achievements of the Ministry of Education and Human Resources, spanning across the sub-sectors of education and training, was presented to stakeholders yesterday September 2, 2014 by the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Vasant Bunwaree, at the MITD House, Phoenix.
In his address on the occasion, Minister Bunwaree said that the report indicates all that has been achieved in ensuring that education continues to exercise a major influence in the lives of children and youth and that not one of them is left behind.
“The Education and Human Resources Strategy Plan (EHRSP) 2008-2020 has served to provide the architecture and the necessary pointers, all of which lead to one basic and ineluctable reality, that is, we have to prepare children for life,” he underlined.
“The EHRSP 2008-2020 laid the foundation for the development of a common understanding of the intended educational deliverables,” said the minister.
“Six years later and midway to reaching 2020, it is noteworthy that numerous objectives have been met. Others that were initially not in the EHRSP 2008-2020 were subsequently added and acted upon in view of the evolutionary and dynamic nature of education. This ‘Education Reforms in Action 2008-2014- Learning for Life’ has given ample evidence of this,” he added.
The Minister also recalled that as from January 2012, the monthly per-capita grant of Rs 200 that was previously allocated only to children of age 4+ was extended to those of age 3+ as well and last year, some 22,360 children attending private pre-primary schools benefitted from the grant.
In line with the Government Programme 2010-2015 to encourage the use of mother tongue to facilitate teaching and learning process in schools, the Minister deemed the introduction of Kreol Morisien in the education system in 2012 as a landmark measure.
Referring to the secondary sector, Vasant Bunwaree spoke on the introduction of new subjects, including Travel and Tourism, Entrepreneurship Education, and Marine Science, in view of broadening the curriculum base; and increase relevance of curricula to the emerging economic and social needs of the country.
“Co-and extra-curricular activities are a mandatory part of the curriculum of both primary and secondary sub-sectors to promote a healthy learning environment and for each child to realize his or her potential,” said the Minister.
He further recalled that in the secondary sub-sector, activity periods have been formalised in the school timetable since 2009 and 4 periods are allocated on a weekly basis for activities in all state schools.
The integration of activities in the curriculum creates a balance with academic studies, unleashes the potential of students and provides them with opportunities to develop their hidden talents and their multiple intelligences, he added.
On another note, 109 trainees from the Ecole Hotelière Sir Gaëtan Duval who successfully completed their Higher National Diploma in Hospitality Management, Diploma in Tourism Management, and Goethe Zentrum Certificate, were awarded their certificate during a ceremony, which took place last Friday, August29, 2014 at Ebène.
“Mauritius has developed a tourism industry of worldwide recognition and the island is now identified as an established destination offering high levels of tourism products and services,” stated the Minister of Education and Human Resources, Vasant Bunwaree in his address as chief guest.
“Its high quality hotel sector is often described as among the best in the world,” he said.
Adding that this graduation ceremony is most timely as so many hotels are operating and are currently being constructed and this is generating numerous employment opportunities.
“Our workforce must be equipped with the relevant skills, knowledge, values and attitudes that will make them competent and ready to face the challenges posed by the tourism sector,” underlined the Minister.
According to Vasant Bunwaree, there is no doubt that tourism has contributed enormously to the economic progress of the island and to the general welfare of Mauritius and will continue to do so, as hotels are being renovated to accommodate more tourists whereas, training needs have evolved.
He further recalled that Government has invested heavily in education for all Mauritians and has paid special attention to vocational and technical education, where it has devoted a large share of the educational resources to the MITD.