Principal of Parkinson Memorial Secondary School Jeff Broomes believes that all students should be well rounded upon leaving secondary school.
Speaking to Barbados TODAY yesterday afternoon after students enrolled in the Level One Caribbean Vocational Qualification Programme launched their new uniforms, Broomes threw his full support behind the programme. The uniforms are now a prerequisite for the CVQ programme, with cosmetology students the first to wear their scrubs to school.
Broomes said he has come to realize that they were some very skilled students at the school, whose talents just needed to be tapped into.
“. . . . In Barbados everyday you find someone that needs a cake baked, or someone that needs flowers, or that wants something build, so there is definitely a place for it. The academics are important to yes, but everyone needs a skill,” he said.
However, Broomes quickly added that by taking part in the CVQ Programme, it did not take away from the student’s academics.
“The CVQ courses are factored into the schools timetable so the students have ample time to do both,” he said.
The programme also includes courses in baking, carpentry and agriculture.
Under the direction of Major John Morgan, the CVQ programme at Parkinson has 154 fifth year and 210 fourth year students enrolled.
Morgan said the TVEC Council was looking to implement the programme at all secondary schools.