Teachers at the Pembroke Hall Primary School in St Andrew are working assiduously to increase literacy and numeracy among grades three and four students up to 99 per cent by 2014, with the aid of music.
The school's principal, Norma McNeil, made the comment in reference to the 'Music, Perfect Pitch for A Sound Education' programme being undertaken by First Global Bank (FGB), First Global Financial Services (FGFS) and the Ministry of Education in nine primary schools in Kingston, Mandeville and St James.
Pembroke Hall Primary joined the project three months ago and is already showing signs in improving their learning ability.
The initiative commenced as a pilot project in primary schools in October 2011, following conclusive studies which revealed that music does have a significant impact in the educational development of children, particularly from an early age.
It is for this reason that FGB, FGFS and the ministry decided to tackle literacy and numeracy at the grades three and four levels in an effort to increase competence among children.
McNeil said the children have been enjoying the music programme, which in itself has catapulted in such a short time, spanning four grades, up from two.
"We are doing well and the children are enjoying their lessons with the inclusion of the music programme. They find learning to be fun because they put the words in songs, accompanied by rhythms," she said.