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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.
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.
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:
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.
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).
Hon. Robert Morgan, State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Information - Jamaica Information Service.
The Permanent Secretary. Dr. Grace McLean, CD.
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