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Rebranded CAP signals new education reality - Thwaites

Published:Tuesday | October 14, 2014 | 12:00 AM
Soshell Williams (right) and Michael Reid, students of Titchfield High School, show off the City and Guilds top-performing English awards they received yesterday during the Rebranded Career Advancement Programme's Examination Awards luncheon at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston. Jermaine Barnaby/Photographer

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites has commended his portfolio predecessor, Opposition Leader Andrew Holness, for conceptualising the Career Advancement Programme (CAP) and the opportunities it has provided for the country's youth so far.

Thwaites was speaking yesterday during the Rebranded CAP National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica, Caribbean Vocational Qualification, City of Guilds Examination Awards held at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel in New Kingston.

The ceremony was staged in order to award more than 50 students and leaders for their excellent academic performances.

"What a wonderful story! What an opportunity that offers itself to all of us to be either the recipient of a second chance or to be providers of that second chance, and that's what CAP is all about," he said.

"I would like to affirm that the Ministry of Education has every desire to expand and build upon CAP and not to dismiss it," Thwaites continued.


He then offered congratulations to those who worked to envisage and implement the new CAP.

"The best that any government can give to anyone is the opportunity for a good education. The commitment of CAP and the participating agencies is that we will not turn away anyone. There are going to be no closed doors," Thwaites said.

"This is a sign of a new reality, a new spirit, and a new hope in Jamaican society."

The rebranded and repositioned CAP will be fully implemented in academic year 2014-2015 and will be featured in 34 Ministry of Education schools, one post-secondary institution, and 18 tertiary providers.