Gov't wants to get 80 per cent of early-childhood schools certified in five years
State Minister for Education Floyd Green says the Government is aiming to get at least 80 per cent of early-childhood institutions certified in the next five years.
Green says the Commission has a target to certify at least 300 schools over the next two to three years.
Currently, only one per cent of the more than 2,700 institutions are certified.
The Ministry of Education, through the Early Childhood Commission, sets out 12 standards that must be met to attain certification.
Speaking on Independent Talk on Power 106 FM this morning Green indicated that the education ministry is aiming to rationalise a number of schools to bring them in the public system.
He said the intention is to expand infant departments in primary schools and move at least half of the student cohort in private early childhood institutions into the public school system.
President of the National Parent-Teachers Association of Jamaica, Everton Hannam, is supporting the call for better partnerships from private sector and civil society to get more early-childhood institutions certified.
However, he acknowledges that resource constraints are one of the biggest hindrances.
Hannam has called for the setting up of a stakeholder group with clear guidelines on early-childhood certification.