Education officials to visit poor-performing schools
Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer
The Education Ministry is to dispatch a team to the five schools the National Education Inspectorate has found are in need of immediate support.
The schools are the Bellevue Primary and Junior High, Linton Park All-Age and; Glengoffe, Lewisville and the Spanish Town high schools.
The Education Minister Ronald Thwaites says the team will determine the areas that require support in order to provide the intervention to improve overall performance.
Thwaites believes that the findings of the chief inspector’s report, point to the need for serious reform in the education sector if current levels of investment are to reproduce the expected outcomes.
Today The Gleaner/Power 106 News Centre tried to reach the president of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, Clayton Hall, who is also the principal of the Spanish Town School, which is listed among the poor performing institutions.
However, we were not able to reach Hall.
In 2011, then education minister, Andrew Holness labelled another of the poor-performing schools Glenfoffe High, as a failing institution.
Glengoffe, Spanish Town and the other three poor-performing schools were among 205 institutions inspected between September 2011 and March last year to establish a baseline of the quality of educational output.
One-hundred-and-fifteen of the schools have been rated as ineffective and 90 classified as effective.
The chief inspectorate’s report said 11 of the ineffective schools were classified as emerging satisfactorily based on evidence of efforts to improve performance.
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