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Juvenile detention centres failing - report

Published:Wednesday | May 14, 2014 | 10:51 AM

Jermain Francis, Gleaner Writer,



KINGSTON, Jamaica:

The quality of the education being offered at the four Juvenile Correctional Centres operating in Jamaica last year has been found to be below acceptable standards.




This is according to a National Education Inspectorate (NEI) report, which was produced in collaboration with the Ministry of National Security in March last year.



The report, which is only now being made public, says the quality of instructional leadership and management was rated unsatisfactory in three of the facilities.



The facilities assessed were Hill Top Juvenile Correctional Centre in St Ann, Rio Cobre Juvenile Centre in St Catherine, the Diamond Crest Juvenile Correctional Centre in Manchester and the Metcalfe Street Secured Juvenile Centre in Kingston.



The Hill Top Juvenile Correctional Centre is the only facility that received a satisfactory grade for its management and leadership.



However, the quality of teaching and curricular offerings at all four centres was found to be substandard.



The report concludes that as a result of these shortcomings,the wards made limited progress during lessons and in their learning overall.



The report says that despite this, many of the wards displayed satisfactory levels of behaviours.



They were also deemed to be demonstrating acceptable social awareness, which the NEI says could have been the result of the rigid system of monitoring in the institutions.



The NEI recommended that the Ministry of Education, the Ministry of National Security and the Ministry of Youth and Culture should ensure that the educational provisions for wards of the state are aligned to those that are in place for students in the general education setting in public educational institutions.



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