Ministry and service club launch reading initiative

| 13/11/2017 | 9 Comments
Cayman News Service

Parents learned about the new literacy intervention at one of the Cayman Reading Recovery Community parents’ nights at Sir John A. Cumber Primary School

(CNS): As the new Unity government comes under increasing pressure to invest more money in education and address what people still perceive as poor literacy and numeracy standards of government school graduates, the education ministry and Rotary Sunrise have launched a programme they describe as an internationally recognised and highly effective short-term literacy intervention for selected Year 2 students. Twelve teachers who have been trained to deliver Reading Recovery will work with students throughout this school year in daily 30-minute one-on-one lessons tailored to meet the specific needs of the children.

Reading Recovery teachers give each student the support they need to make fast progress in reading and writing. It is estimated 104 Year 2 students will get access to the initiative during this academic year. Last month the teachers met parents of the students selected for the programme to explain the project, the homework activities and answer questions.

With over 30 years of documented and researched success internationally, Reading Recovery has been described as the best evidence yet of the direct link between good design and educational excellence. The Ministry of Education and the Department of Education Services said they were “proud to make this investment in the professional skills of their teachers and anticipate very positive outcomes on student literacy achievement”.

Throughout the month of November, teacher training will continue and will include peer observation, feedback and support. These sessions will be facilitated at the newly created Rotary Reading Recovery Centre based at Prospect Primary School.

For more information on this programme contact the school’s Special Education Needs Coordinator (SENCO).

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  1. Anonymous says:

    The problem we have here is many of the teachers are not SEN trained so they’re not reaching children with Special Educational Needs. The children are not handicapped or mentally ill. Many of them simply have behavioral challenges or short attention spans, both of which can be corrected with the right level of teacher/student interaction.

    Our dialect is NOT a problem. Educated Caymanians know when to switch on the ‘twang’ and when to speak properly in a ‘business’ environment or when around company that may not understand our colloquial terms. This is quite common in any English speaking country, even the USA or the UK, and we need to preserve our language as it is also a valuable element of our tourism product.

    As for village idiots. Many of our impressionable Caymanians are being influenced by the cultures and beliefs of other countries – particularly the USA and Jamaica. A sheer lack of identity is rampant on these Islands and it is eroding the fabric of unity. This is causing social unrest, distrust of the fellow man, a lack of empathy, selfishness, materialism, etc. all of which contribute to poverty, anti-social behavior and other social problems.

    As for the Minister. Stop listening to politicians. They will say whatever sounds good at the given moment.

    We need to lower our expectations of them and learn to praise them for their successes, not their plans. That way we will all be less disappointed when they don’t follow through on all of the lip service.

    • Anonymous says:

      Lowering expectations, eh? Sounds like you are one of many who have failed and now you are spreading your lazy solution if you want to call it a solution, more like minimizing and pretending that there is not a problem at all. Well the kids will pick up on that tone and you can expect them to do worse than ever, but you will be popular. I hope to God you are not an educator.

  2. Anonymous says:

    Get rid of this dialect and start to talk proper.

  3. West bay Premier says:

    See how good the Minister for Education is , she just said that she would go and teach in the EE classroom and the next. day she is doing all kind of programs and teaching from outside the classroom .

  4. Anonymous says:

    Wont work, there is no place on the island anymore where it is peaceful to read, unless we are all supposed to be reading at the 5th grade level of our beloved bass thumping village idiots.

    • Anonymous says:

      Loud music all day and night on the roads. Is the law being carried out? Who should be doing something about it? They come imto peaceful neighborhoods and blast their bass.

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