The People’s National Party is again calling for a reform in the Education sector, specifically in primary and secondary schools to address present challenges being faced by the Education Ministry.

The call was made recently at a Press Conference at the PNP Headquarters.

Opposition Spokesperson on Education and Training Ronald Thwaites notes that there are several issues that needs to be resolved by the present administration for the education system to remain effective and functional.

He says matters related to the training of teachers and the readiness of students for matriculation to the secondary schools must be on the agenda. He notes that insufficient attention is being given to what Acting Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Karl Samuda had acknowledged as a grave imbalance in the education system of Jamaica.’

According to Thwaites, the PNP is proposing that an immediate review be undertaken of the Grade 7 curriculum in all schools, specialist teachers be assigned to this cohort and be given an incentive.

He goes further to note that attention must be given to PATH programme by doubling the allocation in ensuring that beneficiaries continue school.

Meanwhile, the Chairman of the PNP Commission on Education, Elaine Foster Allen says greater care must be paid to students and teachers. She says educators must be continuously trained to meet the growing demands of the education sector.

– Khadijah Thomas