ICT Initiatives Keep Education Accessible
As Trinidad and Tobago engages in combating COVID-19 the Ministry of Education continues to do its part to ensure that all students have access to education. Minister of Education the Honourable Anthony Garcia takes this opportunity to encourage stakeholders to use the online resources available to all for teaching and learning and the conduct of personal business. With the closure of educational institutions and upcoming examinations, the Ministry’s Information and Communication Technology Division (ICTD) has been working assiduously to enhance existing platforms for Ministry staff, teachers, parents and students.
The following resources have been made available and an outline of the initiatives’ progress to date is included:
The Ministry of Education has partnered with the Ministry of Communication and local Media House TTT to provide Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) Mathematics and English classes daily. The classes are broadcast live on TTT, streamed live on Facebook and once aired, the classes will be available on both Facebook and YouTube via both TTT and the Ministry of Education. The classes are pre-recorded by qualified teachers to ensure that the content is in keeping with the syllabus of the Ministry of Education.
Corporate Trinidad and Tobago has also joined in the support of access to education as Digicel has made the SEA Time classes available on their Video on Demand platform. This will allow free access to view the classes as many times as a person may wish.
School Learning Management System (SLMS)
Students preparing for SEA, CSEC and CAPE can also benefit from the SLMS; an online portal that allows for the remote livestreaming of classes by teachers as well as student access to revision material and subject material. This platform allows for class attendance tracking, progress reports and comparisons, as well as immediate feedback for pre-set examinations/quizzes. Content creation is underway by interested teachers and educators to allow for a full online repository of accessible content by all students at the Primary and Secondary level in Trinidad & Tobago. Course development is ongoing and at present one hundred and eighty two (182) courses available servicing four thousand, two hundred and ninety-four (4,294) students, currently online. Additionally, over two hundred (200) teachers create content for the platform and more than five hundred (500) virtual classes have been created and are active. For CSEC and CAPE students, this platform can be supplemented by resources also available at www.cxc.org
Education Management Information System (EMIS)
The Ministry of Education offers access to its EMIS by school administrators who wish to remotely manage various functions within the school system. Further, parents/guardians can securely access the platform to review the work given to their child/ward.
- Eight hundred and fifty six (856) schools have received logins and manuals (ECCE, Primary and Secondary), Tobago, one hundred and ten (110). The cumulative total is nine hundred and ninety-six (966).
- Three hundred and ten (310) fully active schools as at March 31st 2020 – 32% overall.
- Nine thousand, three hundred and thirty-two (9,332) student login accounts created.
- Five thousand and forty eight (5,048) teacher login accounts created.
- Twelve thousand, five hundred and eighty-eight (12,588) parent login accounts created.
Ministry of Education staff, including teachers also have access to the Letter Request System and the Payslip Request System available at https://www.moe.gov.tt/job-letter-request/ and https://www.moe.gov.tt/payslip-request/
As Trinidad and Tobago continues to adjust to the dynamic effects of the Corona Virus Pandemic the Ministry of Education will continue to do its part to make education accessible to all stakeholders and citizens.