St. Maarten University’s Teacher Education Program to be evaluated

POSTED: 05/19/11 12:07 PM

St. Maarten – Minister of Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Rhoda Arrindell and the Board of the University of St. Martin (USM) have agreed that an external evaluator will assess the university’s teacher education program. The review is to determine whether the program meets the required standards for the granting of a Bachelor of Education degree, with emphasis on Foundation Based Education (FBE).

The evaluation will be conducted without delay, and depending on the outcome, USM may have to offer additional courses to bring the Teacher Education Program (TEP) up to par. The optimum level is a program that allows graduates to work anywhere they wish or for them to enter post-graduate courses at any institution of higher learning. Based on what parties know, they expect that the evaluation will be positive.

“My Ministry is committed to working with USM to ensure the quality of its programs and offer its students the very best perspectives possible so that they could graduate with the assurance that they would be able to enter the work force confidently or pursue post-graduate degrees anywhere in the world,” Arrindell said.

She added, “I must commend the board of the USM for their openness and willingness to steer the university in a new direction that would emphasize excellence and would be very relevant to the needs of the new St. Martin we are all dedicated to building.”


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