In a landmark decision to improve the teaching structure for secondary schools, 233 new appointments have been confirmed.

These new positions will result in increased chances for upward mobility within the school structure.

Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit, in his presentation of the National Budget on Wednesday, said the new positions will cost Government an additional $1.3m annually.

The positions will include: 15 deputy principals, 17 assistant deputy principals, 87 heads of department, 28 senior graduate teachers, 70 senior qualified teachers and 16 school counsellors for secondary schools.

The policy will come into effect on September 1 2021, the start of the new school year.

The Prime Minister dubbed the changes “a significant endorsement in our teachers and our secondary schools in Dominica”.

He said the next step for the education sector will be a similar review of the Primary School teaching structure.

The health sector wasn’t left behind in restructuring efforts, with the Prime Minister informing parliament that a review will also come for the Nursing Service.