M.P.M.C. Press Secretary - Year 12 and Year 13 students who may not be academically gifted but are naturally talented tradesmen and women, have been thrown a lifeline.
A three-year pilot project between the Ministry of Education, Sports and Culture, (M.E.S.C.) and the Manukau Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) has been implemented exclusive for them. The project will develop and introduce a new qualification, Certificate in Technical Skills into secondary schools.
The initiative titled, M.I.T. Pacific Islands Secondary Tertiary Development Project, aims to encourage unresponsive students to stay in the school system longer and further their education through vocational pathways.
Seven colleges in Upolu are taking part, says M.E.S.C. Minister Loau Solamalemalo Keneti confirmed.
“We have requested the M.I.T. to extend the programme to include seven schools in Savai’i,” added Loau.
“It’s a new pathway that is geared to discourage students from dropping out of school in the secondary school level and use this option which is designed for them to realize their full potentials.”
“They will not be required to sit School Certificate or P.S.C.C. exams,” he continued.
“This is a valued opportunity to work with our partners on the provision of practical education that will benefit the young people of Samoa.”
“M.I.T. is a leader in the development of programmes that combine secondary and tertiary education.”
“At the end of the project the target is for the schools involved to initiate and offer a trade’s programme that leads either to further education and training or to employment.”