Vacation Revision Programme 2023
The Ministry of Education’s Re-engaging for Success is a remediation initiative that addresses various barriers to learning which affect students on an individual level as well as environmental factors that include peers, school, family and community.
The project targets eighty (80) primary and twenty-six (26) secondary schools in Trinidad during Academic Year 2022 -2023 and continuing. The criteria used for both primary and secondary schools in this initiative includes poor examination performance, challenges with discipline, absenteeism, lack of parental involvement and other areas that generally hampered student development. As such, the Ministry will extend the in-person remedial instruction activities that are ongoing during the academic year into the July-August vacation period, via the Vacation Revision Programme (VRP) at both the primary and secondary school levels.
This Vacation Revision Programme-Primary will provide students at the eighty (80) primary schools with the opportunity to enhance the competencies that are essential for a solid foundational education in the fundamental areas of Mathematics, English Language Arts and English Language Arts Writing. Teachers will be specifically trained by the Curriculum Planning and Development Division (CPDD) to provide the tutoring needed and there will be guidance and counselling as well as parenting sessions available for students and parents.
Registration for the VRP Primary is between the period June 12 to 23, 2023. Registration forms will also be available at the primary schools listed below.
Vacation Revision Programme- Secondary
The Vacation Revision Programme at the thirty-three (33) secondary school centers in Trinidad, was introduced to provide the students who scored less than 50% (Composite Standard Score (weighted) of less than 194.484) in the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) 2023. While these students were placed in secondary schools, there was the need to provide additional support to better prepare them for this transition to secondary school. As such, the Ministry provided remedial instruction for these children during the July-August vacation period in a physical setting.
This Vacation Revision Programme continues for 2023 and will provide those students who meet the same criteria by virtue of their SEA score, the opportunity to enhance their competencies in Mathematics, English Language Arts and English Language Arts Writing essential for form 1. Teachers will be specifically trained by the Curriculum Planning and Development Division (CPDD) to provide the tutoring needed and there will be guidance and counselling as well as parenting sessions available for students and parents.
The Vacation Revision Programme- Secondary 2023 will run for five (5) weeks; July 17 to August 18, 2023 at the thirty-three (33) Secondary school centres, with classes being conducted between 9:00 am to 3:00 pm daily.
Registration for VRP Secondary is from July 3 to July 13, 2023. Registration forms will be available at moe.gov.tt and at the 33 secondary school centres listed below.
Turn Up Don’t Give Up Juniors will be introduced at the eighty (80) primary schools of focus. The Turn Up Don’t Give Up Juniors -Primary project (Pilot) will focus on the Visual and Performing Arts (VAPA) as a means of promoting patriotism among our young people. There is an increased need to focus on the building of national pride among our citizenry to fuel national development and this will now be formally introduced as part of the programme at the primary school level. Turn Up, Don’t Give Up Juniors places emphasis on building self-esteem, community pride and national identity through VAPA.
Invitations will be extended to registered, community based, VAPA tutors or performance schools to develop and execute a one-day activity-based projects for students that will introduce and increase awareness of their national identity and heritage through the arts.
The goal of the caravan is to empower students to Turn Up! It seeks to give them hope and motivate them to act positively; attend school, pay attention in class, choose friends wisely, volunteer in their community by joining a club or community group. The motivational Caravan complements the work of the School Support Services Division through engagement with positive role models.
The caravan provides students with the opportunity to interact with young persons who have had stories that started like theirs (low academic performance/low socio-economic background) sharing their stories and the message: Turn Up, Don’t Give Up.