The Vice Minister of International Cooperation of the Ministry of Economy, Planning and Development, Olaya Dotel Caraballo, explained the initiatives implemented by the Dominican Government to ensure that investment in technical-professional education (ETP) pays off and increases the competitiveness of the national economy.
In the article published in a digital newspaper, the political scientist recalled that the results of the PISA 2022 test managed to reverse the country’s historical trend, as there was finally improvement in all indicators compared to 2018.
She explained that one of the challenges assumed by the current government administration is to increase the supply of technical-professional education, for which three diagnoses were carried out in which 274 TVE centers were identified, of which 239 lack equipment for many of their workshops and laboratories, or are deteriorated or obsolete.
Dotel added that these educational centers require the appointment of 856 technical teachers to meet the population of 2,242 students in the 239 centers, in addition to the fact that 68 TVE centers have needs for teacher training, hiring of teaching, administrative and support staff.
He emphasized that a plan to strengthen technical-professional education and training is currently being implemented, organized in three stages, which includes the equipping of workshops and laboratories, as well as the incorporation of 31 centers of the academic modality to TVE, through the addition of equipped workshops and teaching staff with the corresponding training.
As part of this process of strengthening TVE, the vice minister continued, the tender for 102 centers with 232 workshops, for a global amount exceeding DR 3,186 million, of which 96 have already been awarded for this 2024, is published in the Ministry of Education’s procurement portal.
“These investments will guarantee a real convergence between the educational system and a market eager for quality technical personnel, which will raise the levels of competitiveness of the Dominican economy,” Dotel concluded in his article.