Business Education Report 2010/2011 and 2011/12


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Ministry of Education Report on Business Education. Report on the statistics and activities of schools in Antigua and Barbuda 2010/11 and 2011.12

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Business Education Report 2010/2011 and 2011/12

  1. 1. Business Education Report 2010/11 and 2011/12 By Jacqueline Peters-Richardson Education Officer – BusinessThe Education Officer-Business has responsibility for the following CSEC subjects;1. Office Administration2. Principles of Accounts3. Principles of Business4. Economics5. Electronic Document Preparation and Management (EDPM)Goals:1. To assist the Ministry of Education in achieving its educational goals and policies2. To education citizens in ways of becoming self-reliant and sufficient in feasible and sustainable manner3. To develop and implement programs and strategies that will guide and train business teachers to become better teachers.4 To introduce the teaching of Entrepreneurial Skills in all schoolsObjectives1. Ensuring that the curriculum is being taught by all teachers2. Assisting with the professional development and training of teachers3. Monitoring teachers to ensure that they carry out their task in a professional manner4. Offering support to teachers to ensure that they provide quality service to their studentsWorkshopsDuring the academic years 2010/11 and 2011/12 a number of workshops were conducted for allthe business subjects. 1
  2. 2. Over the period three EDPM workshops were held, the first was held to familiarize new teachersto the EDPM syllabus and how assignments should be marked. Another was held to prepare theSBA activities that will be used in the academic years 2011/12 and 2012/13. The third workshopwas at the Best of Books in the Village Walk Mall to introduce the new EDPM syllabus toteachers. This session was conducted by Mr. Howard Campbell the author of MacmillanElectronic Document Preparation and Management for CSEC. In November 2011 a book evaluation session was conducted with teachers from the following subjects Principles of Business, Principles of Accounts and Economics. The aim of the session was to evaluate the books presently being used by the students and teachers and to makesuggestion/recommendations for changes. After the reviewing a numberof texts it was decided that the text presently being used for Principles ofBusiness and Economics will be replaced with the Carlong Principles ofBusiness and Carlong Economics. It was also decided that the FrankWood Principles of Account 5th Edition will remain as the main text.The CSEC results indicated low pass rates in Economics with a 56% pass in 2010 and 53% passrate in 2011. In an effort to reverse this declining pass rates two workshops were conducted withEconomics teachers to review teaching strategies and approaches and also to review the SBAbeing done in this subject area. New teachers were paired with experience teachers in the subjectarea to offer support. Carlong Publishers also conducted a workshop to assist teachers in theirdevelopment their weak area and how they can incorporate technology in their lessons. Thesesessions has seen an improved in passes with a 68% passes recorded in 2012 the highest ratesince the subject was offered in Antigua and Barbuda.Carlong Publishers (Caribbean) Limited fully sponsored a two-dayworkshop on the Effective Use of ICT to Enhance Learning on April18 -19, 2012. The workshop was held at the City View Hotel and wasdivided into three sessions. 2
  3. 3. The main objective of the workshop was to assist teachers in integrating the use of ICT in theirClassrooms and how the Carlong series of Text could assist teachers to meet this objective. Theworkshop was unique as it was facilitated with the use of technology - Team Viewer platform.All of the presenters were in Jamaica and the participants were in Antigua.Sessions 1 & 3Principles of Accounts and Economics were facilitated by Mr. John V. Tracey. Mr. Tracey is alecturer at MIND in Jamaica for many years and is an experienced examiner of Principles ofAccounts at the regional examination levels.Session 2Principles of Business was facilitated by Ms. Sybill Hamil. Ms. Hamil was the PrincipalLecturer in Business Education at the Department of Education at the University of Technologyin Jamaica and has served on CXC’s Business Education Panel. She is also involved in thedevelopment of Technical and Vocational Education across the Caribbean and is the author ofCarlong’s Principles of Business and CXC Principles of Business Texts. March 2011, I attended The Ninth Virtual University for Small States of the Commonwealth’s (VUSSC) International Training and Materials Development Workshop was held in Maseru, Lesotho, from March 7 - 25, 2011. Thisworkshop provided an online-based course with international collaboration in contentdevelopment on the topic of Business and Entrepreneurship at the Bachelor’s degree level.The workshop brought together participants from commonwealth countries around the worldincluded: Antigua Bahamas Botswana Canada Grenada Jamaica Lesotho Maldives Mauritius Namibia St. Vincent Samoa Seychelles Sierra Leone Trinidad & Tobago 3
  4. 4. The participants were divided into several groups to develop curriculum material for certificate,diploma and degree level courses. Curriculum material was developed for the following courses: Business Plan DevelopmentCertificate Course: Human Resource ManagementIntroduction to Accounting Management AccountingIntroduction to Business Principles of ManagementOperations Principles of MarketingIntroduction to Computers Risk ManagementIntroduction toEntrepreneurship Degree Courses:The Business Environment Financial ManagementIntroduction to Business Monitoring, Coaching &Planning ConsultingBusiness Communications Strategic Planning Team ManagementDiploma Courses: Business ResearchOrganizational Behavior Project ManagementMy task at this workshop was to develop a curriculum and material for the Introduction toAccounting Certificate Course ( business-accounting). Attending the training workshop has provided me with numerous benefits. Besides the opportunity of experiencing different diverse cultures and working collaboratively with individuals from around the world, I also gained experience in creating open source material and creating curricula. This was truly a learning experience.CSEC Results PERCENT SUBJECTS SITTINGS PASSES PASSEDECONOMICS 104 55 53%E.D.P.M 396 333 84%OFFICE ADMINISTRATION 483 453 94%PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTS 369 237 64%PRINCIPLES OF BUSINESS 528 469 89% Antigua & Barbuda 2011 Performance in Business Subjects 4
  5. 5. TOTAL PERCENT SUBJECT ENTER SAT G1 G2 G3 PASS PASSEDECONOMICS 96 87 8 18 33 59 68%OFFICE ADMINSTRATION 610 580 78 121 266 465 80%PRINCIPLES OF ACCOUNTS 402 374 39 53 117 209 56%PRINCIPLES OF BUSINESS 614 597 98 262 179 539 90%E.D.P.M 554 508 52 194 197 443 87% Antigua & Barbuda 2012 Performance in Business SubjectsPROGRAMSEntrepreneurial Skills TrainingIn September 2011 an Entrepreneurial Skills Training Program was introduced at the NationalTechnical Training Centre (NTTC). The teaching of entrepreneurial skills is to offeropportunities to students who are at risk of not starting or completing their secondary education.This would create avenues for them to generate feasible and sustainable income for themselveswhile make a meaningful contribution to the country. This course aims to motivate these youngpeople to stay in school; to recognize business opportunities and to plan for a successful future.The program is geared to work along with other life skills and training programs that will guidethe students to gain or develop a skill or trade that will turn them into viable and sustainablebusiness persons. A workbook was created to assist these students in this course.BenefitsBesides motivating these at risk students to stay in school, this program will have the followingpositive benefits: 1. Creating employment and income generating opportunities for the students; 2. Teaching business and life skills; 3. Building self worth among the students; 4. Stimulating economic activities in Antigua and Barbuda; 5. Linking the educational and business world in the classroom and beyond; 6. Provides goods and services to the community; 7. Promotes innovation and resilience; 8. Allows disadvantage youths the ability to succeed regardless of their background.Business Practical Training CampThere has been a continued increase in the number of students that participate in this program.The Business Practical Training Camp (BPTC) is a training camp for Form 4 business students. 5
  6. 6. The goal of this camp will be two fold:1. to allow students to expand and implement the theory studied in the classroom in a practical setting.2. to offer guidance and training to students on starting and operating a small business.Purpose1 .To develop student’s competencies in collaborating and reporting in a business environment.2. To motivate and encourage students to become self sufficient in creating self employment.3. To encourage and guide students to make a positive contribution to their society. The focus for this program over the period under review is on business plan writing and the operation of a small business. Students attended a business plan workshop which focused on the following areas; 1. Purpose of a business plan 2. Items included in the business plan 3. How to obtain financing for their small business.4. How to register their business.5. Calculation of statutory deductions 6