Focus on education system, transitioning to high schools and careers
CAY HILL – The Student Support Services Division (SSSD) of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Youth and Sports Affairs, held an informative session entitled “Transitioning to Secondary School and Beyond” for the parents of sixth graders attending the two campuses of Christian Hillside Schools.
This session was requested by school officials after SSSD held informative sessions as part of their “Aim High” Project for sixth graders of all the elementary schools on the island, in the second half of last year. The Aim High Project informed sixth graders about the importance of the primary school exit examinations in relation to the secondary schools that they will end up attending and their subsequent possible career choices. The students were also informed about the various academic and vocational secondary schools on the island and were also encouraged to do well in school. SSSD’s staff highlighted the importance of having a positive attitude and how it relates to performance in school and reaching their full potential.
Over 50 parents attended the information session evening where they received information about the difference between academic and vocational education, and some changes in the educational system over the years. The parents were shown how systems such as MAVO (junior general secondary education), ETAO (economics, tourism and administrative education), LTS (lower technical education) and BVO (pre-vocational education) were fused and became VSBO/PSVE ( preparatory secondary vocational education), with its three streams, and the Vocational Training School.
The parents were also explained the educational system which includes primary, secondary and tertiary education. Links from each system, to further education as well as to the job market were also outlined to the parents. An overview of systems and their various tracks was also given.
Source: St. Martin News Network SSSD holds informative session for parents of the Christian Hillside Schools’ sixth graders.