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Career Advancement Programme (CAP) to be rolled out in all secondary schools

Published:Thursday | March 31, 2016 | 12:00 AM
Chief Education Officer at the Ministry of Education, Dr Grace McLean

The Career Advancement Programme (CAP) which is

currently offered in 53 institutions is to be rolled out in all secondary schools.

The Ministry of Education said the programme will be introduced in all secondary-level institutions starting September 2016. The programme is to also be offered in HEART Institutions and National Youth Service

centres through the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning and other such entities.

"Opportunities will also be made available through these entities for the youth up to age 29," a release from the ministry said.

The Career Advancement Programme is the overall programme that will allow for several opportunities for students to remain in school at Grades 12 and 13 under the Alternative Pathways to Secondary Education (APSE).

"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 Lifelong Learning as well as the National Youth Service (NYS)," the release said.

Chief education officer, Dr Grace McLean, has underscored the importance of school leaders and teachers carefully monitoring the performance of each student using the APSE system, coming in September, to determine the most suitable learning programme for each student. She said APSE is designed to ensure that every child gets every opportunity to graduate and that when they do they are equipped with skills which will enable them to enter the workforce and make a meaningful contribution to national


On leaving Grade 11, students will have the opportunity to pursue a career to meet their specific needs through CAP.