Monday 18th January 2016 marked the start of the Academic year for State Schools. 2016 is the first year of the implementation of the Government decision to increase compulsory education in Seychelles.
The Minister for Education, Mrs Macsuzy Mondon, accompanied by the Principal Secretary for Early Childhood Primary and Secondary and other Ministry officials, on Monday visited all the
Minister Mondon made a special call to the teachers, education leaders, students and parents by making reference to the 'MTS Mottos;' launched last year:-
She stressed on the need for the students to be obedient, respectful and to study well in order to achieve good results, and become exemplary citizens.
She reminded the teachers to focus on teaching and learning, create the learning environment for their children to succeed and provide opportunities for their holistic development. Teachers were urged to be lifelong learners who keep abreast with new developments in teaching so that they can be effective in their classrooms.
She appealed to the parents to take time to reflect on the way they are bringing up their children, how to assist them in their studies and be more supportive to the teachers.
At Plaisance Primary, Minister Mondon met with the Management Team and stressed on the importance of teaching and learning, she called for support for the new Headteacher.
At the other three schools - La Retraite, Glacis and Beau Vallon, the Minister discussed with the Head teacher and informally talked to students and other staff members. She also inspected some of the renovation works in those schools. At Glacis School the Minister wanted to make sure that everything was going smoothly on the first day of the opening of the new school.
She concluded her visit at the different schools by wishing them success in 2016, "if we all do our part, there is no reason why the Seychelles education system cannot advance to a level of quality and excellence that we are all aspiring for."