The Opposition Jamaica Labour Party (JLP), says an extension of the school year will not solve basic problems in the education†system.
Last week, education minister Ronald Thwaites, announced that the ministry is exploring the possibility of extending the school year beyond the existing 190 days, as part of an attempt to stem the regression of students during the long summer†break.
He argued that studies have shown that the eight-week summer break has resulted in the loss of learnt skills for some†students.
However, JLP Spokesperson on Education Marisa Dalrymple Philibert says while an extension could be an option, there are more fundamental issues that must first be†addressed.
Philibert says she intends to discuss the matter with the education†minister.
In an earlier response to the issue, President of the Jamaica Teacherís Association, Clayton Hall said focus should instead be placed on improving the quality of†education.
However, he noted that the Association is also open for discussion on the†matter.
The education minister has said no decision will be taken until all stakeholders are consulted.
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