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Gov't and stake holders meeting to discussing seven-year secondary education system idea

Published:Monday | March 28, 2016 | 3:51 PM

Officials in the Education Ministry have started to meet with critical stake holders with a view to implementing the government supported seven-year secondary education system by September.

The system was announced recently by Minister of Education, Youth and Information Ruel Reid.

Chief Education Officer Dr Grace McLean met last Friday with education partners in the Career Advancement Programme (CAP), which is the overall programme that will allow for several opportunities for students to remain in school at grades 12 and 13.

These opportunities include structured programmes being offered during the day or afternoons in schools and other training institutions, the Registered Apprenticeship Programme and other work-study initiatives offered by the HEART Trust/NTA, the Jamaican Foundation for Life Long Learning  as well as the National Youth Service (NYS).

On leaving grade 11 students will have the opportunity to pursue a career to meet their specified needs through CAP.

All students will have an opportunity to sit exit certification including Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination, Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate, Caribbean Vocational Qualification, National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica, and City and Guilds.

At the end of grade 13 students on Secondary Pathways two and three will also have an opportunity to pursue the new Occupational Supervisory Certification being developed that will allow them to acquire workplace competencies and skills or be ready for higher level certification.

Another consultation is scheduled for Friday of this week with high school principals and other selected stakeholders at the Jamaica Conference Centre in downtown Kingston.