Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education and Youth, Dr. Kasan Troupe, says the ministry is not getting value for money after spending billions of dollars on teaching and learning resources.

Dr. Troupe says teachers are under-utilizing the material.

Robian Williams reports.


Dr. Troupe says online material from LearningHub and Microsoft computer software packages is among the learning resources the Ministry has spent billions of dollars to procure, in an effort to help teachers achieve better outcomes in the classrooms.

But Dr. Troupe lamented that to date, some teachers haven’t even signed in to access the suite of products.

Dr. Troupe was addressing a sensitisation session for teachers at the Montego Bay Convention Centre, in Rose Hall, St. James, last week.

She told the gathering that the Ministry has increased the number of learning and teaching resources sent to schools.

She says many teachers are not using them.

The Permanent Secretary noted that $2billion were spent on purchasing learning material last year.

She also says the same amount is being spent this year, plus an additional 1 billion to build workbooks. 

Dr. Troupe pointed out that the e-books procured for high school teachers are also being underutilized.

Additionally, Dr. Troupe stated that teachers have long complained about the need to focus more on teaching rather than spending time writing lesson plans from scratch.

According to her, a prototype system has been made available to produce lesson plans.