Governance in Jamaica
- Government Agencies
- Policy and Plans
The Ministry of Education and Youth is responsible for lifelong education and training in Jamaica and co-ordinates provision between the government, donors, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and local communities. Examinations and certification at secondary and post-secondary level is regulated by the Caribbean Examinations Council, to which 15 English-speaking Commonwealth Caribbean countries belong. For post-secondary qualifications, the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations are available for those wishing to gain expertise in the work environment as well as for those wishing to pursue conventional tertiary education. The University Council of Jamaica is a statutory body that provides accreditation of programmes offered by tertiary institutions in the country.
Ministry of Education
Tel: +1 876 922 1400 1
Minister: Reverend Ronald Thwaites
Permanent Secretary: Elaine Foster-Allen
Public spending on education was 6.7 per cent of GDP in 2010.
Vision 2030 Jamaica is the country’s first long-term national development plan; it aims to put Jamaica in a position to achieve developed country status by 2030. It expresses the aspiration for Jamaica to become a country where its citizens enjoy a high quality of life and world-class standards in education, health care and nutrition.
The Ministry of Education places particular emphasis on mathematics and numeracy, in teacher training and in the classroom, as essential skills in all areas of study and in everyday life.
In 1974 Jamaica hosted the Sixth Conference of Commonwealth Education Ministers in Kingston. Commonwealth education ministers meet every three years to discuss issues of mutual concern and interest.
|Governance in Jamaica|
|Caribbean Examinations Council||
|Ministry of Education and Youth||
|University Council of Jamaica||