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Education challenges external to institutions, says JTA president Nicely

Published:Tuesday | August 20, 2013 | 2:23 PM

Debbie-Ann Wright, News Editor - Radio



Newly-installed president of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, Dr Mark Nicely has declared that most of the challenges in the country’s education system are external to schools.




He says crime and poor parenting are among the main challenges.



Nicely is calling for the education ministry to employ social workers who will go into the communities to help to deal with some of the challenges which affect educational outcomes.



Nicely was speaking against the background of a recent ranking of best and worst high schools by think tank educatejamaica.org.



The performance of schools has also in the past been placed under the microscope by assessments by the National Education Inspectorate (NEI) which has found that many schools are underperforming.



Nicely says the JTA will be spearheading a project dubbed ‘Behind the NEI’ to look more closely at the schools examined by the Inspectorate.



He suggests the assessment that some schools are failing is not always fair.



Nicely gives the example of one school said to be failing by the NEI which he says has access issues, poor bathroom facilities and very little resources.



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