THE GSAT DEBATE

Errol Miller

The Grade Six Achievement Test, GSAT, results have come in for quite a bit of discussion in both the print and electronic media. While I have not heard all of the discussion it seems as if the GSAT is being blamed for several things for which it is definitely not responsible. Some have made the charge that the GSAT has not been fair to the Comprehensive High Schools or All Age Schools. For the sake of clarity let me set out what has changed with the GSAT and what has remained the same as the Common Entrance Examination that it replaced. Continue reading

BAHAMIAN PROGRESS IN EDUCATION

Errol Miller

In1993 the Bahamian Government set up a National Task Force, chaired by Dr. Keva Bethel, to study all major issues related to education and to make appropriate recommendations. In carrying out its mandate the National Task Force not only analyzed documentary evidence but also conducted a nation-wide survey of the views of the various stakeholders and actors on their perceptions of the needs and goals of education for the next century. The National Task Force made its recommendations to Government in January 1994. The Ministry of Education drew heavily on the recommendations of the National Task Force in formulating its Five-Year Plan in 1994. Continue reading

VIRTUAL AND NOT REAL SAVINGS IN EDUCATION

 Errol Miller

 We are living in the age of virtual reality. It is possible to simulate the real by giving the feeling and appearance of the actual. This is an excellent tool for learning. Simulation has great possibilities in education. However, the application of simulation to schools and school systems is still in its infancy. It is not possible to train pilots by simulating flying in machines that never leave the ground but give the trainee pilots all of the sights and sensations of flying an aircraft. It is still not possible to do good simulations of the interactions between students and teachers in the classroom. Continue reading

SECONDARY EDUCATION OF QUALITY

Errol Miller

 Last week Tuesday the Ministry of Education and Culture in conjunction with the World Bank staged a Conference on Secondary Education focused on the issues of expanding access to secondary education and improving its quality. The Conference was not only well attended but stimulated a considerable about good ideas from the participants. I was impressed by the fact that the Ministers, Permanent Secretary, Chief Education Officer and most of the top officials attended and participated for the entire day. Continue reading