Gail Alexander and Joel Julien
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Schools should respond to today’s needs
There is nothing sacrosanct, mystical or magical about the present ineffective, poorly structured and low-achieving school year. The idea of adjustments to the school year is not new; however, to date, no government or Ministry of Education has made an effort to align the school year in a manner that will benefit the education system and the nation. Having listed a number of countries with school years that range from 220-232 days, it is quite possible for T&T to achieve a much greater number of classroom instruction days.
For example, if we were to structure our school year in the following way, we would be able to have a total of 230 school days in the year:
August—November (16 weeks)
November 15—March 15 (16 weeks)
April—July (14 weeks)
The above school year will provide 46 weeks to the school year and be beneficial to the students. It would facilitate both academic improvements as well as provide time for extra-curricular and enrichment activities.
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