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Ministry of Education bets on vocational high schools

Education Minister Andrés Navarro said during the opening on Sunday, 29 October 2017, of the Workshop for Strengthening the Quality and Expanding Technical-Professional Education in the Dominican Republic, funded by the Inter-American Development Bank, that the country requires major changes in the educational system with an emphasis on expanding vocational training so that young graduates can early on find jobs.

Polytechnicals have been a success in the Dominican Republic. There are waiting lists for entry into government polytechnical schools as parents have recognized the quality of the education of these schools and that employers readily employ the graduates.

“Today more than ever it is necessary to make an effort to expand technical training, because traditional curriculum focused on standard academic skills is not as much in demand as expanding technical-professional skills,” he said. Navarro is confident that the new curriculum for public schools will provide students with the skills required by the labor market.

Navarro spoke at the opening of the workshop. Word has gotten around about the successes of the polytechnical schools. Navarro said every time President Danilo Medina visits a community in the interior of the country, he is asked to order the construction of a polytechnical school there.

Vice Minister of Education Denia Burgos highlighted the advances in preparing the project that would be developed over four years.

In addition to Minister Navarro and Vice Minister Burgos, also participating in the activity were: vice Minister of Education Víctor Sánchez and Rafael González; Mary Kasse, director of International Cooperation at the Ministry of Education; Mercedes Matrillé, of Technical-Professional Education at the Ministry of Education; Jeannette Thompson, IDB representative; Luca Lo Conte, of the European Union; Antonio Caparros, executive director of the Fundación Inicia; Darwin Caraballo, of EDUCA; Deyanira Matrillé, of the Ministry of the Presidency, and other department heads of the Ministry of Education.

Source: DR1

Nov 1, 2017

Category: DR News |

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