PHILIPSBURG–Information about the changes being made at the St. Maarten Vocational Training School (SMVTS) will be conveyed to parents and guardians at a parent’s evening on Tuesday, September 10, from 7:00pm to 9:00pm.
During the meeting information is expected to be given to parents about the changes coming to the school.
The changes include a three-year implementation guideline with reworked curricula and new subject areas that was expected to have been introduced in phases in August.
Students will be offered properly structured courses of study for Labour Market Orientation Education (LMOE) or Preparatory Secondary Vocational Education (PSVE), which will lead to project-based learning (PBL) certification. In the new programme, there will be an introductory transitional year for special education needs (SEN) learners and English as second language (ESL) learners in the LMOE programme.
For the improved programme, future students in Years 3 or 4 will be offered concentrations in automotive, NetPC repair, electrical installation, carpentry, and general construction. New curricula will be introduced for care, cosmetology, business administration, hospitality and textile. Additionally, students will be afforded the opportunity to learn Dutch with Spanish or French as well as music and art.
This information was already shared with teachers and staff of the school during a recent meeting.
Education Minister Wycliffe Smith said during the Council of Ministers press briefing on Wednesday that parental involvement as partners in education is key. He urged all parents to attend the parent’s evening and said he looked forward to seeing them at “this special parents meeting”.