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Tewarie dissatisfied with Critical Thinking Institute
Planning Minister Dr Bhoe Tewarie is dissatisfied with the performance of the Critical Thinking Institute (CTI) at the University of the West Indies, St Augustine. The institute, which opened in early April 2007 when Tewarie was principal and pro vice chancellor of UWI, was intended to be a platform for innovation. However, at a stakeholder’s consultation held yesterday by his ministry and the European Union, Tewarie expressed disappointment at the current inactivity at the Institute.
“I set up the Institute of Critical Thinking at the University of the West Indies and since I’ve gone, they haven’t had a single programme,” he said. Tewarie said: “I spent many years in a university and many years in organisations involved in innovation. Every time they try to make an innovation in an educational institution, you have a big university prerequisite ready to tell you why you can’t do it.” He said the education system must be accommodating to the demands for innovative people.
“We want innovative people. This means that we have to begin to deal seriously with the education system which is the greatest innovation inhibitor in the world. Education systems by their very nature tend to be self-serving,” the minister said.
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