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The Education System In Jamaica

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In his recent address to the nation Minister of Education Andrew Holness voiced his concern about the under-performance in some of the nation’s non traditional high schools.  While the minister and the country as a whole would like to see some major improvement in our education system; the question is where do we start to tackle the problem?  Clearly the foundation has to begin at the early childhood and primary level. There is going to have to be collaboration between the pre-schools  and primary schools and agree as to what level children should have attained to make their entry into primary schools smoother.  Once in the primary school the real work will then have to begin to prepare these children for high school.  It is evident that some of these children are leaving primary schools ill- prepared to go on to the secondary level.  Not all primary schools are performing up to standard and this need to be addressed.  Based on the G.S.A.T. results the ministry of education should be able to identify these schools.  The ministry along with the school and the parent teacher’s association will all have to work together to bring these schools up to standard.  Parents seriously need to play a greater role in their children’s education, they cannot leave everything up to the school.  Slowly learners should be identified and placed in classes with specialized teachers trained in this area. The time has come to address the needs of these children so they do not get lost in the education system.

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