The National Union of Public Workers (NUPW) is stepping in to help the children of some retrenched Government workers prepare for next year’s Barbados Secondary School Entrance Exam.
Beginning October 18, the children of members and former members of the NUPW will benefit from free lessons.
Speaking at a press conference to launch the initiative this morning, outgoing general secretary Dennis Clarke said a number of people with proven experience within the teaching service would give freely of their time to instruct the sessions.
He said it was only a matter of providing the requisite space and scheduling at the headquarters to make the classes a reality.
“We are approaching some of the business houses in Barbados to give us some assistance because we have to find that material. Between now and next week we have to firm up what they will contribute to the venture,” he said.
“It is an extremely worthwhile venture and we are hoping that we will be successful in our venture and what we are trying to do in this recessionary period.”
One of the facilitators, Parkinson Memorial School principal Jeff Broomes, said he was thankful that the NUPW accepted the initiative that he believed would benefit many children who
needed to be exposed to good instruction in order to improve their academic ability.
“We will be giving the full Common Entrance course in both English and Mathematics, in all the components. I have the complete programme organized and that’s what I follow and that will be done. I have committed my time and my ability free to my union which I have a lot of respect for,” he said.
Broomes also disclosed that the NUPW’s education programme would also include a reading intervention component, targeting children and adults who struggle with simple reading tasks.
Additionally, he noted, there would be an NUPW Second Chances Academy – a virtual day school where children who have left school unqualified can improve their academic profile.
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