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Some key initiatives of education transformation still outstanding

By Halshane Burke

Several key initiatives remain outstanding in the ongoing transformation of the education sector.

Dr. Adrian Stokes, head of the Education Transformation Oversight Committee (ETOC), said while work is progressing on several key pillars, the speed of execution needs to be increased.

For instance, he said greater urgency is needed to complete the buildout of a specialised unit within the ministry that would be focused on the transformation effort. 

Other tasks that remain lagging include the recruitment of the chief transformation officer to drive the daily execution of key initiatives, as well as the hiring of a project lead and finalisation and execution of a communication plan.

The Mona School of Business has been contracted to devise the implementation plan and is in the consultation phase of its engagement to get feedback from stakeholders.

Once that process is complete, Dr. Stokes said the Mona School of Business will deliver an implementation plan that will convert the recommendations of the Professor Orlando Patterson report into an "implementable" project plan, with "time-bound, measurable and specific" initiatives. 

These initiatives, he said, will give ETOC an objective basis to monitor the ministry’s process on implementation. 

Dr. Stokes was speaking Thursday morning at the second quarterly update on the progress of the Education Transformation Initiative.