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The holidays are over and by now most children have worn out the batteries in their new Christmas toys. So maybe it’s just as well that they’re back at school. Today over 3,000 students from the Corozal District got up early and got ready for their first day of classes. Without a doubt it’s going to be a long haul but luck for the students they have the support of their teachers who are more than willing to go the extra mile in order for them to receive quality education. And since today marked the first day of class, Corozal’s District Education Manager, Jahmor Lopez took the opportunity to welcome back students and teachers.

 

educationJahmor Lopez – District Education Manager


“I want to take this opportunity to welcome all of our stakeholders, our principals, teachers, our students and also our parents for the first day of school.  Our plan as the Corozal DC is for us to be more vigilant in terms of supervision, we will be utilizing a number of instruments going into the schools and ensuring that there is greater accountability on the part of our school leaders so we will be working closely with our school principals to ensure that they are doing what they are mandated to doing by law, ensuring that they are supervising and supporting and mentoring their teachers and that teachers are delivering the curriculum to the students so we will be looking at a lot of baseline data that we get from the schools in terms of looking at their enrolment, their dropout rate, their pass rate etcetera and then we go into those instrument’s to see how it is that we are performing and then we provide the school community our observation and make certain recommendations and this is all in alignment with what is required by the school inspector so we kind of doing like what we would say a formatted evaluation, like a midpoint kind of things and in the vent that the inspector comes to that school to do their overall assessment.”

 

According to Lopez, there are three focal points they are looking at so as to better off the accountability of their educational strategy.

 

Jahmor Lopez – District Education Manager


“We are looking at three main areas, looking at increasing access, we want that more of our students are attending school especially at their childhood level but not neglecting the other levels.  We want to focus on primary and secondary and even tertiary, we also looking at increasing or improving performance raising the bar, we are not doing too poorly but we are doing fairly well here in Corozal but we want to see how we can certainly improve the quality and the level of performance here in the district and that will come through the supervision and also we are looking at improve governance in leadership and so it is all with a focus to ensuring that we meet those targets.  We have instruments that are focusing on the role of the school leader in terms of what they are doing as the instructional leader, what they are doing in terms of supporting their teachers’ curriculum wise, we need to ensure as well that the teachers are utilizing the national curriculum, we are also asking that schools do their utmost best to localize or to customize their national curriculum to meet the needs of their students and ones they have their documentation we can go into look at what it is that they are doing and utilize that checklist that we have because if they say they are going to be doing x, y, z, then we have to hold accountable to that goals that they set for themselves.”

 

The second term started December 2nd 2013 and will come to a close on the 14th of March 2014. In total, there are 25 school weeks in the 2014 calendar year.

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