Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the longstanding issue of inequity in the education system is in need of urgent attention if Jamaican students are to have a fair chance of progressing.
The prime minister was speaking at the launch and eventual implementation of a 342-page report prepared by the Jamaica Education and Transformation Task Force.
It seeks to tackle the current issues affecting the education system.
The report was launched on Thursday by the Jamaica Education Transformation Commission, JETC.
Suzell Wray tells us more.
Results, Equity, Accountability, Coherence and Harmonisation.
According to Chairman of the Jamaica Education and Transformation Commission, JETC, Professor Orlando Patterson, those were the five fundamental principles that guided the report’s content.
But, out of the five principles, Mr. Holness says inequity in the school system is the issue that bothers him the most.
He highlighted that in order for to ensure the successful execution of the recommendations tabled in the report there needs accountability for money spent in these areas.
Mr. Holness further explained the country’s economy and future productivity is in the hands of the younger generation.
Some of the recommendations tabled in the report is to expand school leadership to include other stakeholders and to provide students with a variety of opportunities to practice and improve their academic and non-cognitive skills.
Meanwhile, Chairman of the JETC, Professor Orlando Patterson says majority of students at the end of primary school remain illiterate and innumerable and most leave secondary school with no marketable skills.
He made the comment while addressing the learning crisis in Jamaica that was tabled in the Education Commission report.
He also highlighted that the under performance of boys has become a major problem.
Professor Orlando Patterson, Chairman of the Jamaica Education and Transformation Commission.