A school opening in Penal that means much more for many students in the area, not just because traveling to distant places to get an education will be a thing of the past, but because the newly opened MIC Technology Centre could provide a way out of poverty.
The official opening of the Penal Technology Centre was held Tuesday with a ribbon-cutting ceremony and the unveiling of the plaque by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.
This Technology Centre is the 17th of its kind to be opened in the country.
The Minister of Tertiary Education, Senator Fazal Karim, said the facility would assist young adults who are seeking a career in any of the skills offered by the MIC Centre.
The Minister added that with technology rapidly growing, students will need the use of ICT for research and even to access textbooks.
“Prime Minister, I propose to bring for your consideration and approval, a Cabinet Note that will make available to all the students in the tertiary sector a tablet computer device, just as you would have launched with the Secondary Schools.”
Minister Karim said the nation needs technological continuity from Secondary to Tertiary level.
For Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, education is an important and vital tool for the young people of the nation.
“I have always said that education is the passport out of poverty. Education is the key to a better quality of living.”
Mrs. Persad-Bissessar said she and her Government have seen an expansion in the Tertiary Education sector, as the participation level has grown over the years.
“When we came into office, we were just about 46% participation in the tertiary education sector. Today, we are about 57% and our target was for 60% participation by 2015.”……..READ MORE