Behaviour Change Consultant Dr. Joanne Spence; President of the Association of Principals of Public Secondary Schools, Sherra Carrington-James and Lance Mottley, President of the National Primary Schools Principal Association are among a list of educational professionals, chosen for a committee, which has been established to further review and recommend changes to the Conduct of SEA and Transition to Secondary School, as well as the Concordat.
This order comes from the Cabinet, following the collation of the outcomes from the National Virtual Consultation on Education 2020 and review of relevant consultation reports.
The Concordat of 1960 is an agreement between the state and religious bodies that gives them the right to determine their own curricula and a percentage of student intake in denominational schools.
According to the Education Ministry, the committee’s term of office is nine months, after which a report will be submitted. This report will include specific recommendations for the consideration of Cabinet.
The Ministry says the establishment of this committee is one of the steps toward making meaningful change based on the suggestions, recommendations and findings from the stakeholder engagement exercise in November to December of 2020.
The Committee consists of:
Professor Jerome De Lisle – Professor of Educational Leadership, School of Education, University of the West Indies
Mr. Harrilal Seecharan– Former Chief Education Officer, Ministry of Education
Dr. Ruby Alleyne – Vice President, Quality Assurance and Institutional Effectiveness, University of Trinidad and Tobago;
Mrs. Bernadine Dick– Instructor, M.Ed. Educational Leadership Programme, School of Education, University of the West Indies
Dr. Joanne Spence – Behaviour Change Consultant and Lecturer, Oxford Graduate School, The Therapeutic Assessment Centre
Mrs. Sherra Carrington-James– President of the Association of Principals of Public Secondary Schools
Mr. Lance Mottley – President of the National Primary Schools Principal Association
Mrs. Sonia Mahase-Persad– President of the Association of Principals of Assisted Secondary Schools
Tobago House of Assembly (THA) – two representatives
National Parent Teachers Association (NPTA) – two representatives
Trinidad and Tobago Unified Teachers Association (TTUTA) – two representatives
Inter-Religious Organization (IRO) – three representatives
Mrs. Naima Hosein – Director of School Supervision and Management Division – Ministry of Education
Dr. Peter Smith – Director of Educational Planning Division – Ministry of Education