TVET, the engine of a productive and effective society – CEO Marcel Hutson

─ Launch of MoE Leadership Retreat for TVET’s senior staff

DPI, Guyana, Monday, July 16, 2018

“TVET is the driving engine of any society that is going to be productive and effective.” This view espoused by the Chief Education Officer (CEO), Marcel Hutson at the opening of a Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) leadership retreat.

Addressing senior staff of Post-Secondary TVET institutions countrywide, Hutson stressed the importance of technical and vocational education, noting that this retreat aims at a change in the area.

“I’m hoping at the end of this session that we will see real transformation in the system where you work because we need you, Guyana needs you but we cannot break through unless we have people who are committed and dedicated to a particular plan and purpose.”

The CEO called on the participants to “see the big picture” and collaborate since “it is about the country and if we’re going to make this type of transformation we must be able to synergise and build relationships.”

Further, Hutson called on the participants to apply the same energy they would for their own development, to the children of the nation, effecting a positive change for the country in the long term.

The points of productivity and effectiveness were echoed by Assistant Chief Education Officer-Technical (ACEO – Tech), Patrick Chinedu Onwuzirike. He firmly held that a transformed economy depends on TVET.

“Guyana is poised for a transformed economy and the development of the requisite local human capacity rest squarely on TVET.”

The ACEO said that the development of the technical skills needed to drive industries and commerce are the main factors for the economic development of developed countries, and Guyana must take into account.

The retreat comes under the theme “Promoting operational excellence through the development of next-generation leaders in TVET to boost National Competitiveness”. It welcomes 50 participants who will (in coming months) be mentored, trained, coached and finally equipped with the necessary skills to manage TVET institutions.

The leadership retreat runs from July 16-20 and aims to identify a cadre of persons to be a part of a leadership pool for each Post-secondary TVET Institutions for the next 15 years.

These leaders will practice new and innovative leadership tactics with management of schools, collaborate with the TVET council to enhance communication flow and improve policy implementation, arrange stimulating discussions about education management, standardise a system to monitor the quality management of Post-Secondary TVET institutions and enhance planning so leaders can foster staff upward mobility, curriculum development and industrial partnership.

By: Stephon Gabriel.

Images: Leon Leung.

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