Governance in Trinidad and Tobago
- Government Agencies
- Policy and Plans
As part of its development plan, Vision 2020, the Government of Trinidad and Tobago maintains multiple education initiatives that aim to establish education as the foundation of the country’s development. The Ministry of Education is responsible for the education and training of all the country’s citizens, and its National Apprenticeship Programme (NAP) provides structured apprenticeships in the private and public sectors. The Ministry of Education, through its Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) programme, aspires to give experienced workers with no formal education the opportunity to obtain certification based on skills acquired on the job. The Ministry of Social Development is also involved in education initiatives and has established multi-purpose community-based telecentres that offer free access to computing facilities, training programmes and the internet.
Ministry of Education
Port of Spain
Tel: +1 868 622 7181
Minister: Dr Tim Gopeesingh
Permanent secretary: Jennifer Daniel
Ministry of Tertiary Education and Skills Training
Port of Spain
Tel: +868 623 9922
Minister: Senator Fazal Karim
Permanent secretary: Angela Sinaswee-Gervais
The government is engaged in implementing a new economic strategy that incorporates the National Innovation System, which promotes economic diversification and aims to increase research and development spending to at least three per cent of GDP over a ten-year period. The main pillars of the strategy include information and communication technology.
Since 2006 the government has paid tuition fees for Trinidad and Tobago citizens on courses at local tertiary institutions or in other CARICOM countries (50 per cent of fees for postgraduate programmes). The programme is aimed at increasing the gross tertiary enrolment ratio to 60 per cent by 2015.
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