The Dominica State College will assist with the facilitation of the implementation of satellite classrooms in Dominica.
This was confirmed by Minister for Education, Human Resource Planning, Vocational Training and National Excellence Honourable Octavia Alfred, who stated that she is excited about the new program.
“It’s going to be in cooperation with the Dominica State College but those classrooms will be in the out districts. They are smart rooms that we will have at North East Comprehensive, Castle Bruce Secondary, maybe Portsmouth Secondary as we have plans for five schools. This will mean that people can work in the day and go to school in the night. People can stay in their communities and still complete their degrees,” the Minister explained.
Honourable Alfred stated that short programs may be in place for persons who are already skilled.
“One of the first thing that we will do when these classrooms come in to play is to certify the skills people in our area, because we have a lot of people who are skilled in various areas and they do it well but because they are not certified, they miss out on a lot of opportunities. So I am hoping that all the people who prepare food they can get certified in food preparation; also the electricians and all the others can be certified. So we can put in place, firstly, short programs for the people who are already skilled can participate in some short courses so that we can certify them. I am hoping to that in cases where our students have one late class maybe they can do it at home so that it is easier for them to compete their syllabus,” Honourable Alfred noted.