Press Article in Searchlight – October 18, 2019
THIRTY-FOUR teachers who have successfully completed Bachelor Degrees in the teaching of Mathematics and Language Arts along with the representatives from the Mustique Charitable Foundation and SVGCC.
The University of the West Indies, Cave Hill Campus, will host its graduation ceremony tomorrow, Saturday, October 19. On the list of graduands will be the names of 34 teachers from St. Vincent and the Grenadines who have successfully completed their Bachelor of Education Degree in The Teaching of Mathematics and The Teaching of Language Arts at the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College (SVGCC). Forty-five teachers began these franchised programmes from the University in September 2016 and 42 wrote the final examination in May 2019.
Thirty-four teachers successfully completing their programme in the specified time; six of them received First Class Honours (Teaching of Mathematics), 25 Upper Second Class Honours, and three, Lower Second Class Honours degrees.
The SVGCC will continue to offer the franchised degree programmes from the University of the West Indies. This academic year, 52 teachers are pursuing studies in the three-year part-time Bachelor of Education Special Needs Education programme.
The SVGCC is also offering a Masters of Education programme in collaboration with the School of Education at the UWI Cave Hill Campus in three options: namely, Educational Leadership, School Counselling, and Language and Literacy. The current cohort of 33 teachers will conclude their studies in July 2020.
A new cohort will be accepted in September 2020. Meanwhile, the Mustique Charitable Foundation (MCF) has once again partnered with the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College (SVGCC) to provide assistance through partial scholarships to its students. On October 3, 2019, 25 students from the Division of Teacher Education (DTE) received partial scholarships totalling US$38,564 from the MCF. This represents approximately 80 percent of the students’ costs for the academic year, including Registration fees, University of the West Indies Examination fees, travel and food expenses. The excited students are all pre-service teacher trainees and so have no reliable source of income for the period of study while pursuing their Teacher Training. In particular, in the second semester when they proceed on the 10-week teaching practicum, this creates a particular strain on the students who will need to prepare all of their teaching aids for the classroom. This year marks the third year that the Foundation is assisting the teacher trainees.
Present at the hand-over were Dularie Malcolm, Administration Director of the MCF and the MCF’s Administration Assistant Sheena Child. The MCF is a charitable organisation that was incorporated in 2008 and has been assisting Vincentians since 2016. The St. Vincent and the Grenadines Community College looks forward to a long and mutually beneficial relationship with the Mustique Charitable Foundation, and thanks the Foundation for its very generous donation to these deserving trainees.