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Catholic College of Mandeville takes new direction

Published:Saturday | May 21, 2016 | 5:00 AMKeisha Hill

As the Catholic College of Mandeville (CCM) seeks to improve its range of offerings to local students seeking higher education, it has begun a transition into a postgraduate institution.

Following a recent analysis and evaluation, a decision was taken to refocus on postgraduate studies and professional degrees. According to the college's president, Dr Laurette Bristol, the change will coincide with developments mandated by the Ministry of Education, particularly as it relates to specialist teachers.

"We are working with the specialist teacher model that is being adopted and piloted in primary schools, and the skills and competencies that will be needed to deliver the new national curriculum standards," Bristol said.

"As such, we will provide more qualified and effective practitioners for the school and other institutions that support a high-quality education system. This is very much in line with Jamaica's Vision 2030 agenda," Bristol added.

However, Bristol indicated that the focus will also go beyond the ministry's thrust.

"The design will be in alignment with the busy work lives of potential students. A nation that is able to provide accessible graduate education to all its citizens at an affordable cost and in a convenient and rigorous design is a nation able to react to international imperatives," Bristol said.

keisha.hill@gleanerjm.com