For some time the BU family has been concerned that successive governments have been satisfied with throwing money at education and hoping for the best outcomes. The commonsense view routinely expressed on BU that resources should be optimally allocated by aligning the school curriculum to a national policy appears to be an alien concept to the authorities. How do we transform to a high performance jurisdiction if we continue to grow the existing cadre of graduates? How can Barbados nurture and grow its knowledge and skill pool to ensure that we become competitive and productive if we continue to allow the tail to wag the dog? We should have a national strategy which clearly defines the industry segments we know we can compete based on solid research, and educate our people to become the core workforce within those segments.
After decades of boasting of a superior education system where is the empirical data to support the claim to inform public discourse in 2013? Why is there a veil of secrecy which shrouds the management of the education sector in Barbados? Do we know who our best teachers are in the absence of a robust continuous assessment program? How do we begin to debate whether we need to make changes to our education system when primary data or any data for that matter is not access not readily accessible by taxpayers?
The video above is worth watching. It explains in 20 minutes why our education system may not be relevant in a modern world.