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Ministry of Education | Basic School in JamaicaMinistry of Education Jamaica | Basic School in Jamaica

by Venesha Johnson | Associate Writer

Wherever in the world you are, wherever you are from, education plays an important role and adds to the quality of our lives. In Jamaica, formal education starts as early as age 2. Luckily for Jamaicans, public education is mostly free.

Of course, privately owned institutions such as prep schools are way more costly and not an option for children coming from homes with financial restraints.


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As with every sector, there is a governing body for education in Jamaica, the Ministry of Education. The guidelines of the Ministry of Education set the standard for both public and private education.

Who is Responsible for Education in Jamaica?

The government organisation in charge of overseeing and running Jamaica's public education system is the Ministry of Education (MoE). The Ministry of Education Jamaica and Social Welfare was founded in 1953 before becoming the Ministry of Education.

To maximise both individual and societal development, the MoE now carries out the Government of Jamaica's responsibility to ensure a system that secures quality education and training for all inhabitants of Jamaica.

The Ministry of Education Jamaica offers our people a means of enrichment and upward mobility through education. As one of Jamaica's largest governmental organisations, it currently consists of 11 agencies, 6 Regional Offices, and a central office with about 40 units divided into 5 divisions.

Principal Roles and Purposes The Ministry's departments and agencies carry out tasks on behalf of the Ministry to properly manage the educational system. Among them are the following:

  • preparing, creating, and carrying out educational policies and programs

  • Monitoring and assessing the results of projects and programs with local and international funding to satisfy local demand and fulfil international standards

  • maintain an effective system for gathering, compiling, evaluating, and presenting up-to-date, accurate data on quantifiable educational indicators.

  • creating and promoting initiatives, services, and programs that promote individual and societal growth

  • advising all educational institutions and allied organisations on financial management.

There are two divisions, the education division and the youth division

All public educational institutions on the island are under the direct control of the Ministry of Education and Youth's Education Directorate. Its duties include developing, implementing, and evaluating all government policies related to the educational system at all levels, including early childhood, primary, secondary, and tertiary education.

  • Executive Support Services Division - Many of the important choices including policy, communication, and information are made by the Ministry of Education's Executive Support Services Section.

  • Educational Services Division - To maintain appropriate management and administration of Jamaica's educational system, the Instructional Services Unit offers educational support to all educational institutions.

  • Finance and Accounts Division - The Ministry is supported by the Finance Division's financial and accounting services.

  • Human Resources Management & Administration Division - The systematic and organised management and administration of the Ministry of Education's workforce is under the purview of the Human Resource Management and Administration Division.

  • Planning & Development Division - The creation and integration of educational policies, plans, programs, and initiatives fall within the purview of the Planning and Development Division.

  • Project Management and Technical Services Division - The project management and technical services necessary for the speedy and successful implementation of capital investment projects fall under the purview of the division of project management and technical services.

The Youth Division

The Youth & Adolescents Policy Division and the Children's Affairs Policy Division make up the Ministry of Education and Youth's Youth Division.

Development, implementation, and management of policies and programs that aim to promote care, and provide non-formal education, and training for Jamaican adolescents between the ages of 15 and 29 constitute the main duties of the Youth and Adolescents Policy Division.

The Children's Affairs Policy Division's main duty is to offer technical assistance in the creation of laws, regulations, and programs aimed at the upbringing, protection, and general welfare of children in Jamaica (0-18 years old).

Who is the Minister of Education in Jamaica 2022?

Hon. Robert Morgan, State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Information - Jamaica Information Service. 

How do I contact the Minister of Education Jamaica?

The Permanent Secretary. Dr. Grace McLean, CD.

  • Address: 2 National Heroes Circle. Kingston 4.
  • Telephone: (876) 922-1400-9
  • Website: http://www.moe.gov.jm/

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References & Sources For Ministry of Education Jamaica

  1. Ministry of Education and Youth, https://moey.gov.jm/
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