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Carla Alvarez

Patrick Faber

Patrick Faber

Tuesday, September 9, 2014. AARON HUMES Reporting: The Centers for Employment Training are making a comeback of sorts in at least four of six districts.

According to Minister of Education Patrick Faber, the program is designed to run concurrently with the ITVET program, but address a specific need – early school leavers without high school equivalency who can learn trades and skills that make them immediately employable.

But is the ITVET model being abandoned?

Faber says no, only reconfigured to reflect issues with enrollment and the reach of the programs.

ITVET starts with high school equivalency and is a more technical and advanced program than the CET model, which tends to leave otherwise educatable individuals out of the system.

As the Ministry of Education prepares to re-run the CET program in four of the six Institutes for Technical and Vocational Education and Training (ITVET) located countrywide, instructors in Toledo are fighting with manager, Allen Genus, whom they have accused of fiddling with teacher evaluations among other issues.

The board of ITVET Toledo, a statement issued by the instructor says, has questioned the Ministry as to who Genus works for and answers to, to no avail.

Meanwhile, they claim that employees at the school are teaching without a license contrary to law.

Minister of Education Patrick Faber says the Ministry is responding appropriately but adds that the Ministry will not tolerate any attempts to move against Genus without due process and the instructors must allow the process to work to completion.

Carla Alvarez

Carla Alvarez

In other news from the education sector: Parents in the village of Progresso in the Corozal District have been raising concerns about the quality of education at the local Seventh Day Adventist School which is being managed by the Orange Walk District Education Center for management purposes.

District Education Manager for Orange Walk, Carla Alvarez, spoke to media on Monday on the situation.

Alvarez says they are investigating the complaints but have not yet found sufficient evidence to move forward.

Speaking on the problems of the school in getting passes at PSE in Standard 6, Alvarez says part of the problem is that parents are withholding students from classes to work.

This is contrary to law and will be cracked down on. 65 attendees were in school on Friday and the Ministry continues to monitor attendance.

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