Sterling support for education
Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Dr Grace McLean, has welcomed the support from Sterling Asset Management towards an initiative aimed at improving students' performance in mathematics at the primary level.
The securities dealer has donated $500,000 to the Caribbean Centre of Excellence in Mathematics Teaching (CCEMaT) at The Mico University College. It has also committed to providing another $500,000 for 2019.
"We are indeed delighted that you have come on board to support The Mico University and, by extension, Jamaica's education system," said McLean.
She was speaking at the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MoU) at Sterling Asset Management's boardroom in New Kingston on Tuesday to formalise the agreement.
"The Mico University is one of those institutions that we have great confidence in as it relates to mathematics, to provide the support that is needed in the education system to assist us in lifting the performance of mathematics at the primary as well as the secondary levels," McLean said.
Formed in collaboration with the Centre for Innovation in Mathematics Teaching at the University of Plymouth in the United Kingdom, CCEMaT's mandate is to conduct research and training/teacher-preparation activities designed to improve the quality of mathematics education in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean.
CCEMaT is piloting a Mathematics Enhancement Project in select primary schools from September 2017 to August 2020 to garner insight on how the project can impact the teaching and learning of mathematics at the primary level of the education system.
President of The Mico University College, Dr Asburn Pinnock, said he was grateful that Sterling Asset Management has come on board.
He said this investment, which will reach 80 teachers in the eight pilot schools, will result in a multiplier effect that will positively impact the lives of Jamaica's youth and boost their performance in mathematics.
President and CEO of Sterling Asset Management Charles Ross said his company was pleased to be a part of the CCEMaT programme.
"It's a very worthwhile endeavour aimed at improving mathematics education in our primary schools. Education has always been a major focus of Sterling's corporate social responsibility activities. I appreciate the importance of a good foundation and primary education is the foundation of our education system. It's really important for us to strengthen that area," he noted.