The System Of
Education In Jamaica

Custom Search

careers day at springfeld all age school 2018

Contributed by Tamekia Kentish

The government has taken a keen interest in what they call the total-education of its citizenry, and so there are greater efforts on the way to improve the quality of our education system - from early childhood to university.

The new educational mantra by the way, is "free education for all children… no child should be turned away from school because of money."

Early Childhood

The Early Childhood division is now moving to regularize all existing institutions. Hence, all teachers must be trained and certified. All institutions, public and private, must be duly registered.

This provides the government with a suitable means of tracking the progress of such schools.

The regional educational officers now have proper listings to help them monitor the quality of education disseminated. This is also a useful guide to the teacher-student ratio.

Learning abilities and disabilities becomes easier to detect and addressed. Thus more specialized teachers are been trained to address matters of dyslexia, ADHD, and more severe cases of mental handicaps.

Primary Level


Education in Jamaica has also seen greater focus placed on literacy. One of the increasing trends over the past five (5) to eight (8) years is that many high school students leave high school but cannot read very well.

Simple grammatical rules, vocabulary, sentence structure and comprehension were skills that many high school graduates could apply very well. For a moment, there was a blame game being played out.

High school teachers blame primary teachers, who further blame the parents for poor school attendance and indiscipline; and ultimately parents, blamed the government and the wider society for the indiscipline – and it goes on.

So in an effort to reduce illiteracy, the government adopted a program where students could not move on to a higher grade until they have satisfied the required reading level – this was an ingenious plan which saw increased attention and results for primary school students.

education_in_jamaica_toll_gate_all_age education_in_jamaica_school_children_running

Secondary Level

While being aware that major results of the policy changes will not become visible for a few years, there must be some measures to assist current high school students who are not performing well.

The first plan of action was to offer three compulsory CXC (Caribbean Examination Council) subject for FREE.

Students now have the opportunity to sit English Language, Mathematics and Computer Information at no cost to them. As such, these students now have only their effort and attention to bring into discipline.

The government is working over-time to get the education in Jamaica up to a high standard where its citizens can be competitive in a global environment.

Vocation & Tertiary

For the Jamaican youth who finds him or herself outside of high school but without either the requirements or interest for a college education, such a youth can decide to earn a certified skill at one of the many HEART institutions in Jamaica.

Here, various skills, experience, and sometimes job placement are facilitated by this institution.

For those who are interested in a college/university education, the government has facilitated a student loan program that is open to all Jamaicans without collaterals. The main criteria are acceptance into the institution of choice and two gainfully employed guarantors.

The JAMAL effort is still seeking to eradicate adult illiteracy through there ongoing programmes.

So, whatever else is thought of Jamaica, and despite the greater works to be done, the education system has come a far way.

Pages Related To Education In Jamaica

First posted: 8/12/08

Make sure you subscribe to my free monthly e-zine My Island Jamaica Digest (MIJD) and stay with the latest from Jamaica!

Back to Top of education in Jamaica

Return to Facts About Jamaica from Education in Jamaica
Return to My Island Homepage from Education in Jamaica

Read More ...

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

Recommended For You ...

Since you're here...

… I have a small favour to ask. I'm on a journey to amaze you with even more engaging content. I want to talk, listen and interact with you even more. I want to share the very best of my travelogues, my experience and time around the country with you.

Thanks to Patreon, I'm now finally able do more of what you'd want me to do.  

For as little as $1, you can become a Patreon – and it only takes a minute. Click Here to become a Patreon. Thank you.

And, Before You Go!

Here (below) are some sweet deals on matching products at Amazon that you might have otherwise missed., by the way, is the internet's most reputable retailer and usually showcases only the best products that are related to your search. Be sure to check them out.

Note: If link does not show, please click here to be redirected to our page at

P.S. Didn't find exactly what you were looking for? Still need help?

Click Here to try our dependable and effective Site Search tool, It works!

Or, simply click hereto ask me the questionI'll do my best to get back to you within 24 hours!

Great Articles You Might Have Missed

data-matched-content-rows-num="2" data-matched-content-columns-num="3"

Please help me get the message out by sharing this article with your friends on social media (links below). Thnx ;-)

You are also welcome to join my special friends list and receive exclusive updates (like this), tips, trivia and stories from lovers of Jamaica! Just enter...

Also connect with on Social Media: 
Facebook | Twitter | Instagram | Youtube

Thank You!

About The Author

wellesley gayle - booking link

A patriotic Jamaican who adores his culture, Wellesley has been using this medium to share what he calls 'the uniqueness of Jamaica with the world' - since April 2007.  

To date, he serves over 8,300 unique readers / viewers per day.

His efforts have earned him featured positions in local publications, including the Jamaica Gleaner's Hospitality Jamaica, Carlong Publishers, as well as recognition from numerous prestigious international agencies and universities.

He invites you to join his friends list and stay updated on all the latest. You are also invited to join his exclusive patron community

Top Of Page
Wellesley Gayle

What's New? Click Here And See.


Trending Now

My Gift To You!


Site Sponsors


Our Preferred Sponsors  & Friends (below)

(Our Sponsorship Policy)

Photographers in Jamaica
Wedding Photographers
Cars For Sale In Jamaica
Cars For Sale


Click Here to Visit Our Sponsors' Page

Top Articles

What's New?

Below is a list of the very latest articles I posted on the site.

Recent Articles

  1. What is the best time of year to go to Jamaica?

    Jul 20, 18 04:58 PM

    What is the best time of year to go to Jamaica?, Contributed by Nicola Fuller So, you’re thinking about your next vacation - and Jamaica, the land of

    Read More

  2. How to apply for a patent in Jamaica

    Jul 18, 18 12:52 AM

    by Aneisha Dobson, Associate Writer It’s no question that Jamaicans are full of creativity. Just take a visit to our local craft markets and you’ll see

    Read More

  3. What Are Some Natural Resources Found In Jamaica?

    Jul 18, 18 12:06 AM

    Natural resources found in Jamaica - Contributed by Javia Rose What's that? What do you mean by natural resources? Natural resources refer to the things

    Read More

  4. How To Become A Marriage Officer In Jamaica

    Jul 17, 18 03:03 PM

    How To Become A Marriage Officer In Jamaica, by Katrina O'Sullivan, Contributed All aspects of a wedding ceremony are considered very important to its

    Read More

New!  I've created a Welcome Audio. Just click the Play button below to listen.

Please subscribe here to get my latest updates.