'Enforce rules already in place, meet with stakeholders'
Speakers at a Gleaner mini-forum on education held in Ocho Rios, St Ann, agreed that there are several initiatives that the Government could undertake to improve the sector, even while noting the existence of several positive developments over the past few years.
Former principal at Ocho Rios Primary School, Herman Grant, who heads First Class Promotions, an entity that encourages education and works with youth in communities, said enforcement of existing frameworks is critical.
"Government is doing a lot already, but it needs enforcement and empowerment, and the target group should be the parents in getting our boys to be motivated to learn," Grant said.
"There should also be equity in the system, where everybody has the same resources where possible," Grant added.
He said class size is also of concern.
Another area that needs addressing, according to the former principal, is the shift system. He commended strides made at Marcus Garvey Technical since that school was removed from the shift system.
Meanwhile, banker Denneisha Blair is urging the minister of education to interact more with stakeholders to get first-hand knowledge of what is happening in the education sector at all levels.
"What we need from the Government is for them to listen to the stakeholders. It's not just saying, yes, we're going to do it and you send the permanent secretary or somebody. Can you find the time to meet with the stakeholders?"