Report paints dismal picture of schools - Management weaknesses, poor performance plague several institutions
Edmond Campbell, Senior Staff Reporter
A STUDY conducted by the National Education Inspectorate (NEI) has unveiled worrying data that students in approximately one-third or 45 of 135 primary and secondary schools are receiving educational services rated as unsatisfactory.
The NEI conducted an inspection of 135 schools in regions one and two, comprising the parishes of Kingston and St Andrew, St Thomas, Portland and St Mary.
In a report tabled in the House of Representatives yesterday, the NEI said leadership and management in three per cent of the schools were rated as exceptionally high, 22 per cent as good and 36 per cent as satisfactory. These met the minimum requirement.
However, the management and leadership in 35 per cent of the schools inspected were rated as unsatisfactory and four per cent as in need of immediate support.
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites described the results of the NEI study as mediocre, with "some very striking deficits indicated".
In the area of teaching support, the study showed that 13 per cent were rated as good and 45 per cent satisfactory. At the same time, 40 per cent were rated as unsatisfactory and two per cent in need of immediate support.
The NEI noted that in 45 per cent of the primary schools inspected, teaching was rated as insufficient.
FALLING BELOW AVERAGES
Assessing the students' perform-ances in mathematics and English, the NEI found that 63 per cent were performing below the national averages, while 11 per cent achieved above the national averages in the two subjects. Another 19 per cent fell in line with the national averages.
The progress of students was good to exceptional in nine per cent of the schools inspected, while 36 per cent were reported as being satisfactory.
However, 53 per cent of the students assessed in terms of their academic progress were rated unsatisfactory and two per cent in need of immediate assistance.
The NEI inspections were conducted between September 2010 and March 2011.