Education Minister, Ruel Reid, says the government’s push to introduce a new education model in public schools is designed to prepare students who’ll bolster the labour force immediately after leaving high school.
Currently, passes in Caribbean Examination Council, CXC, examinations are treated as the matriculation standard for university and labour force admission.
But, he says, the ‘K-to-13′ programme is designed to change this.
The model takes into consideration the first 1,000 days after birth up to the Primary Exit Profile, PEP, in grade 6 and culminates in grade 13.
Minister Reid was speaking at a media conference at Mona Visitors’ Lodge at the University of the West Indies yesterday.
Our News Centre reported in July, that over the last ten years only an average of 22.15 percent of students who sat Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate, CSEC, exams hit the matriculation mark of five subjects including Mathematics and English Language.
But, Minister Reid says CSEC was never designed to determine labour force entry.
Minister Reid says almost two-thirds of the labour force lack skills or certification.
He says in the new education system, students will leave school with an associate’s degree and-or the National School Leaving Certificate.
The Education Minister says under the new approach to education, students should leave high school certified and armed with a marketable skill – making them more prepared for the transition to adulthood.