Gov’t Provides Support for Education Sector Reform Project

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Jamaica News: The Government has allocated approximately $40.56 million to continue work under the ‘Support for Sustainability of Education Sector Reform’ project for the upcoming fiscal year.

Details are provided in the 2019/20 Estimates of Expenditure, now before the House of Representatives.

Being implemented by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, the project aims to support the continued improvement in student performance by consolidating and improving coordination across the sector.

The allocation for the new fiscal year will go towards engaging consultants to identify and develop a plan of action for the strengthening of partnership between the Early Childhood Commission and the National Parenting Support Commission, and to undertake improvement of the internal quality assurance system for 10 teacher-training institutions.

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Other targets are to build the capacity for training in numeracy and science at teachers’ colleges, including the provision of resources; improving the capacity of teacher-training institutions to screen students; engaging a consultant to support the Alternative Pathway for Secondary Education; and conducting training workshops for the early childhood sector and to aid in the implementation of new approaches across the education sector.

Achievements under the project up to December 2018 include acquiring stimulation resource for early-childhood institutions; implementing a capacity-building training programme for mathematics teachers; procuring information technology equipment for teachers’ colleges; and conducting training workshops through the School Improvement Framework.

The Support for Sustainability of Education Sector Reform project was implemented in 2017 and is expected to conclude in March 2020.

 

Source: JIS News

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