Outstanding adult learners to be celebrated
The Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning (JFLL) will host a graduation ceremony in October for the first cohort of students who were successful in five Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) subjects, under the JFFL's two-year-old High School Diploma Equivalency (HSDE) programme.
Deputy Executive Director and Director of Education Services Dr Grace-Camille Munroe explained that the participants took part in the proficiency level of the HSDE programme, where they were required to pass five CSEC subjects - mathematics, English language, social studies, integrated science and information technology - to qualify for a high-school diploma. The HSDE is the flagship programme of the JFLL. It is a general education programme for adult learners. It caters to individuals who have exited the formal education system and require a second chance to access adult education to attain certification as a high-school graduate.
Munroe pointed out that there are three levels within the programme - basic, intermediate and proficiency. At the basic level, learners are taught basic literacy, numeracy as well as English language, mathematics, life skills and information technology. She explained that at the intermediate level, participants are exposed to high-school studies that include English language, mathematics, social studies, science and information technology. At this level, the students will acquire qualifications that will make them more employable or better able to transition to programmes offered by the HEART Trust/NTA to become a certified skilled worker.
Meanwhile, at the proficiency level, students are equipped to complete high-school studies and prepare for CSEC subjects and make the transition to the tertiary level.
There are 6,700 adult learners enrolled in the JFLL programmes in 34 centres islandwide.
Munroe said the aim is to increase the amount of centres to 50 and enrolment of adult learners to 10,000 during 2017-2018.