The Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) will be piloted in 11 secondary schools starting in September to provide students with validation of skills, the Ministry of Education said Monday.
The Ministry of Education is collaborating with the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) on the implementation of the CVQ within the secondary schools identified, Canje Secondary, Aurora Secondary, New Bartica Secondary, Paramakatoi Secondary, BV Practical Instruction Centre, Parika Salem Secondary, Dolphin Secondary, Belladrum, Linden Foundation Secondary, St. Ignatius Secondary and North West Secondary schools.
At the launch of the pre-stakeholder meeting for the piloting of the CVQ in Guyana on Monday at the Umana Yana, the Minister of Education, Nicolette Henry, said the implementation of CVQ in secondary schools is guided by the Regional Technical Vocational Education and Training in secondary schools, with the aim of providing opportunities for secondary school students to exit with at least one skilled certificate.
She said that at the completion of the CVQ programme, students will have three options: to continue their secondary education by pursuing the Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC), to further their technical vocational education or to enter the job market.
Minister Henry explained that these options will be possible through two strands of the CVQ awarded by CXC where students complete all the required units of a particular occupational standard and is awarded a CVQ or where the CVQ is integrated into the CSEC through the School Based Assessment and be awarded a Statement of Competency.
“Much has been invested into the implementation, execution and sustainability of this programme, such as the training of teachers as assessors, DEOs, HODs, DHMs and HMs as internal verifiers. Audits of schools to determine the gaps based on CVQ Quality Assurance Guidelines according to the 2015 revision and putting systems, equipment and in some cases even structures to bridge the gaps so as to satisfy the CVQ Quality Assurance Guidelines within a specified timeline”, Minister Henry was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the Ministry of Education.
Further, she said that that paradigm would result in fewer school dropouts, lucrative educational outcomes and expectation for male and female students, so inclined, for continuity in industries and for growth.
Minister Henry thanked all the companies, industries, Chamber of Commerce and the Private Sector Commission for agreeing to collaborate with the Ministry to ensure that the students are exposed to the practical aspect of the requirements by apprentices, internships and acceptance of the CVQ qualification.