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Educational Districts

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Role of School Supervision and District Office

Each school is part of an educational district and falls under the direct control of the School Supervisor III of the district.  The Division of School Supervision has a major responsibility for ensuring school effectiveness in the education sector.  It consists of a head office and seven (7) sub-units “the educational districts.  The Tobago House of Assembly is responsible for the educational district of Tobago.  The Division of School Supervision is the key player in all policies and initiatives set out by The Ministry of Education aimed at reforming and the strengthening the education system.

The Director of School Supervision, who manages a cadre of school supervisors and other support staff, heads the division. His specific responsibility is to ensure the efficient and effective administration of schools at the early childhood, primary, and the secondary levels. In the present environment of educational reform, the Division of School Supervision is committed to meet the challenges by making a genuine effort to plan for change and be part of a collaborative team in the proposed entity called the Quality Delivery Unit that is responsible for the quality assurance process within the Ministry of Education.

The Division of School Supervision must, of necessity, work collaboratively with four agencies that contributes to the welfare of students.  These include;

  • The Teaching Service Commission
  • Denominational Boards-in particular their Secretaries and Managers
  • Principals
  • Teachers
  • Parents
  • Other Ministries of Government e.g. Health, Works and Transport
  • The representatives of Teachers’ Association
  • Members of the religious community
  • Members of the business community

The division must be aware of the roles of these various bodies and the authority with which some of them have been entrusted over time.  They must also be sensitive to situations where roles seem to overlap and must use of its expertise and experience to resolve or avert potential areas of conflict. The school supervisor must be an agent of guidance, conciliation and harmony – not one who generates conflicts, suspicion or anxiety.

Supervisors and Principals must engage in building capacity in leadership both at the district and school level. This requires the development of an action plan that is monitored and evaluated by those who are knowledgeable and promote the same vision and missio n for the education system. The Supervisor is responsible for:

  • Ensuring the implementation of the policies of the Ministry of Education
  • The supervision and inspection of the programme of education required by the Curriculum
  • Ensuring that school premises, property and stock are protected against improper use
  • The submission of reports on matters relating to the discipline of teachers
  • The conduct and the supervision of courses of induction and training for untrained teachers in service as well as courses for other teachers
  • The observance of the Education Act and the Regulations pertaining to the conduct of schools
  • Arranging for the approval of such special leave to teachers that may be granted them in accordance with the Regulation
  • Arranging for the approval of school holidays that may be granted them in accordance with the Regulation
  • Considering, accessing and recommending the performance appraisal reports for all teaching staff – those of Vice-Principals and Senior teachers and completing those for Principals
  • Supervising the due performance of managers/principles
  • Furnishing such returns as may be prescribed or required at any time by the Minister
  • Dealing with all other matters of organization, management and administration as may be referred to him/her by the Minister e.g. Student Transports, Administration of Book Grants
  • Cooperating with appropriate authorities in the exercise of organizing schemes
  • Arbitrating in issues concerning students
  • Making recommendations to the Minister of Education for the suspension and expulsion of students
  • Ensuring the attendance at school of children of compulsory school age
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