Principal welcomes music programme
Principal of the South-borough Primary School in Portmore, St Catherine, Carlyle Thompson, has welcomed the introduction of the Music, Perfect Pitch for A Sound Education programme at his school.
Thompson described the FGB/MOE partnership as a welcome and commendable initiative between the private sector and the Government.
With a student population of over 1,200, Thompson said the programme would first target a batch of grade-three students. "I am enthused about this project. I will assist with the teaching/learning experience."
Thomson has admitted that the students targeted by the music programme are not currently at the reading and numeracy levels that they shoud be.
"This programme will be very important in assisting them in improving their literacy and numeracy skills. Research has shown that music helps improve students' learning ability, and I have gleaned that the music programme has been quite successful in other schools," reasoned Thompson.
Thompson said as part of the educational thrust of the 21st century, teachers should not depend only on chalk and talk, but embrace new concepts, and the music programme was one such method.
Thompson said his expectation was to see all students in the programme master all levels in their Grade Three Diagnostic Test.