Homework scheme proposed for primary, secondary schools
The Ministry of Education is proposing that an after school homework programme be implemented in all primary and secondary schools.
According to Education Minister Rev Ronald Thwaites, the programme would be aimed at students whose homework is often incomplete and those who do not have a strong support system at home and in their communities.
The education minister says the homework centres could be supervised by volunteers such as tertiary students and unemployed graduates, who would be offered a stipend.
Meanwhile, Thwaites says the ministry is now taking steps to revive a number of uniformed school groups.
Among the groups the ministry is looking to revive are the Boys' Scout movement, Girls’ Guides and the Jamaica Combined Cadet Force.
Noting that emphasis will be placed on weaker schools, the minister says such groups would help the ministry track all students closely and avoid prolonged absence from classes and dropouts.
He says the initial target is to re-start 100 new groups to augment the hundreds that are already active.
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