No slowing down education plans, says Crawford
Member of parliament for East Rural St Andrew, Damion Crawford, says the second phase of his constituency's 3-2-1 Education Plan will commence this week.
Under Crawford's 3-2-1 plan, persons within the constituency are expected to be able to access a greater level of education at a reduced rate and in some cases, free of cost.
"The second phase of the 3-2-1 plan will comprise of homework centres and 22 night schools across the constituency," said Crawford, who is also minister of state for tourism and entertainment.
"Therefore, students can sit at a homework centre closest to them and complete their tasks with supervised help, and those adults attending the night schools will be able to pay for Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) classes and access one free of cost."
He added: "The aim of 3-2-1 is to ensure that the constituents who need to improve their educational qualifications will be able to afford it. Therefore, in five years, each household should have at least one person with three CXCs, in 10 years at least one with two A' Levels and in 15 years at least one with a degree because with educational mobility comes economic mobility."
launched in July
Crawford said the first phase of the 3-2-1 plan, which was launched in July, comprised of a mathematics camp for 412 fifth-grade Grade Six Achievement Test and 10th-grade CXC students from across the constituency.
"The camp went extremely well. Not only were the students taught the syllabus by some of the best math teachers and university students, but they were also housed on UWI's campus and fed, all of which were free of cost to them and were made available by the Constituency Development Fund and corporate Jamaica," he said.
Crawford also noted that this year's CXC mathematics passes among students across the region have been noticeably low - declining from a 39.5 per cent pass rate in 2010 to 31.7 per cent this year.
Despite some criticisms about the prioritising of resources since winning the constituency seat in December 2011, Crawford who recently returned from London as the guest speaker at the CARIFORUM-EU Business Forum - a Carib-Export funded trip - said one of his chief areas of focus in the constituency will remain education.