Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly. Azlan Mohammed/AZPNews
FIFTY teachers receive certificates after a three-month online training course.
It was sponsored by Unicomer Limited and the training was provided by Education Solution Limited.
Speaking at a presentation ceremony at her offices in Port-of-Spain on Thursday, Education Minister Dr Nyan Gadsby-Dolly said the Covid-19 pandemic has moved the school population towards online learning.
She said corporate citizens must be willing to put their money where their mouths are and the staff at her ministry was adapting very quickly to this new environment.
The minister said, “CXC signalled E-examinations years ago and in T&T we said not yet we are not ready, but I can tell you in less than a year, the level of readiness that we have arrived at is phenomenal.”
She added, “We all had a part to play, we can understand how to take attendance online, we can now understand what it means to be able to generate reports on attendance and engagement that we would not have been able to engage before, we can understand now and see very easily how we can transition to e-books and understand that is where we are going.
“The more training our teachers are exposed to the more systems they are exposed to gives them a better facility it allows them the ability to adapt.”
Students were also part of the training and 200 devices were donated through Ministry of Education Adopt-a-School Project.
The devices were donated by the Machel Montano Foundation for Greatness and Blue Waters.
Soca star Machel Montano said, “I thought it was effective to collaborate by providing devices and I saw this step making this provision efficient I think we had to strengthen the teacher’s ability to exercise their roll.”
Managing Director of Unicomer Clive Flecther said, “Unicomer Trinidad Limited did not hesitate to sponsor this programme that included a key partnership with major education brands SMART.
Chief Executive Officer of Education Solutions Limited Brendon Butt said, “The teaching effective online course helps teachers develop their online teaching skills assisting them in adopting a new approach in delivering their lessons as we prepare for our nation students to return to school across the country.
“The medium to long term benefits of this venture in empowering teachers with the tools to successfully transition to blended learning are far reaching, in keeping for continuity, we have identified teachers who can serve as team leaders who can encourage colleagues who can part take in this transformation,”