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New schools encouraged to establish sixth form programmes

Published:Friday | February 14, 2014 | 1:40 PM

Jovan Johnson, Gleaner Writer

KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The Education Ministry is encouraging administrators of new secondary schools, to include sixth forms as part of their expansion plans.

According to the Education Minister, Ronald Thwaites, this will provide for the rounded development of the students through leadership and other responsibilities while enhancing their academic qualifications.

A sixth form programme is made up of grades 12 and 13 and at the end of each academic year, students sit the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations.

Thwaites says when schools have quality teachers, students who meet the basic requirements should be kept after grade 11 and become the monitors and assistant teachers while pursuing their education.

Last September, the Ministry had to step in to create new spaces after indicating that that there is a shortage of sixth form spaces.

The ministry said among the options being looked at is the extension of existing sixth forms into the afternoon. 


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