Jamaica Ministry of Education provides Career Advancement through City and Guilds

Jamaica Ministry of Education provides Career Advancement through City and Guilds

KINGSTON — The Ministry of Education on (December 1, 2011) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the United Kingdom-based International City and Guilds of London Institute, to enhance the Career Advancement Programme (CAP) through the provision of examinations, primarily in literacy and numeracy.

Under the three-year MoU, City and Guilds, through its local office, commits to providing examinations across all stages of literacy and numeracy, in addition to mutually agreed upon support......former Permanent Secretary, Audrey Sewell, explained that the aim is to provide the students with options.

"...students can do different parts (of the syllabus) and get their overall certification at the end. We have recognised the diversity in terms of learning styles, learning rates; and so, we are seeking to have responses that will address the differences that we have amongst our learners,” Mrs. Sewell said.

The examinations will be administered at the 75 centres designated for CAP islandwide, in which approximately 12,000 are currently enrolled. The centres comprise public and private high schools, and a few other private institutions.

City and Guilds’ representative in Jamaica, Marva Duncanson, informed that students will be given mock exams so that they can be efficiently streamed to be entered at the level appropriate to their readiness, to write an exam.

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This innovative step by the Jamaica Ministry of Education was unanimously endorsed by the Jamaica Teachers' Association.


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