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JTA repeats calls for specifics on funding for high school reform programme

Published:Monday | April 4, 2016 | 8:54 AM
Jamaica Teachers' Association president Norman Allen.

The Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) is reiterating its call for the government to outline how it will fund a programme launched recently to reform secondary education in Jamaica. 

Last month, Education Minister Ruel Reid launched the Alternative Path to Secondary Education which he claims will emphasise the role of the education system to cater to the needs of students with different abilities. 

Under the programme, some students who do not meet school leaving requirements after five years will have to stay for another two years. 

JTA president Norman Allen says his association supports the programme. 

However, he is demanding details on how all levels of the programme will be financed.


JTA president, Norman Allen

Some aspects of the programme will be funded by the incorporation of the Career Advancement Programme which gets subventions from the HEART Trust/NTA. 

It is expected that additional funds from the other entities be used to finance the programme.