The Keith Mitchell Government has approved a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to allow for the reassessment of the curriculum offered at the T. A. Marryshow Community College (TAMCC), its relevance and the manner in which it functions.
According to Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Senator Simon Stiell, the administration is preparing to sign a five-year agreement with the United States-based PETNA Foundation, and the Canadian-based Mc Master University, with the hope of making TAMCC “the premier tertiary institution in the (Caribbean) region.”
Sen. Stielle told reporters at last week ‘s post-Cabinet press briefing that government approved this decision following discussions previously held with various stakeholders “surrounding the future of TAMCC.”
According to Sen. Stiell, the five-year arrangement is expected to determine “the correct balance between academic attainment (involving) technological and vocational training.”
He said while “we need both (the question is) where the emphasis should be placed…based on what our national needs are today, also looking into the future.”
Sen. Stiell stated that Cabinet has already “received confirmation (from its) partners of their willingness to sign this agreement.”
In addition to the MOU, he said, the Ministry of Education has undertaken another initiative geared at restructuring the college, which was enacted in 1988.
He pointed out that “a lot has changed both in Grenada and in the education sphere,” expressing the view that now “is a timely opportunity to relook the organisation and how we can bring greater efficiency to how education services are provided.”
According to Sen. Stiell, an infrastructure upgrade for the college is also on the agenda.
“Cabinet also approved the Ministry of Education’s direct engagement with the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), to seek funding for the new development and upliftment of the physical site, whether it’s at the existing site or whether we look at other campus areas for the college,” he said.
He added that “the engagement with the CDB is going to be in two phases, the first is to do a proper capacity audit looking at TAMCC’s current function, the number of students and use of space and looking at what we (government) know is (a situation) of over crowdedness.
“I don’t know the precise number of desk positions but we know it is overcrowded (and) requires a facility upgrade,” Sen. Stiell said.