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Reforming. Transforming. Performing.

The Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP) is the response to the assessment of the performance of Jamaica’s education sector as documented by the 2004 Task Force on Educational Reform. The ESTP represents an all-embracing set of actions designed to result in improved standards of performance and greater accountability at all levels of the education system.

Between 2005 and 2009 the implementation of the recommendations of the 2004 Task Force was funded by the Government of Jamaica primarily through funding from the National Housing Trust and the annual budget.

At that time, the implementation of the task force recommendations was assigned to the Education Transformation Team which worked alongside their counterparts in the Ministry of Education.

In 2009, the Government began negotiations with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank to provide funding support for the continuation of the transformation programme and in particular to support the modernisation of the Ministry of Education. The ESTP now receives funding for selected areas of the modernisation/transformation programme through loan and grant support from both multilateral institutions.

As a result, the modernisation of education service delivery through a policy focused Central Ministry, a Department of School Services, and support agencies which will regulate, quality assure and support school improvement, will undoubtedly enhance the system’s ability to act as a catalyst for Jamaica’s growth and development.

Major Activities of the ESTP

  • Development of enhanced performance and accountability systems at all levels
  • Provision of additional school spaces and other infrastructural needs
  • Increasing the capacity of teachers and administrators through ongoing professional development
  • Strengthening monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to provide more targeted support to schools
  • Significant legislative changes including revisions to the Education Act and the crafting of legislation to support the establishment of entities such as the JTC, JTEC and NPSC.
  • Introduction of Special Measures Policy
  • Improvements to communication infrastructure – Document Management System and Human Resource Management system
  • Implementation of a Safe School Policy
  • Preparation of a National Education Strategic Plan 2011- 2020
  • Development of the National Standard Curriculum, Grades 1-9
  • Development and implementation of National Comprehensive Literacy Programme
  • Development and implementation of a National Comprehensive Numeracy Programme
  • Development of a new primary exit exam to replace the Grade Six Achievement Test
  • Development of a Grade 2 Diagnostic test to replace the Grade 3 and a Grade 9 diagnostic tests
  • Development and implementation of programmes targeting maladaptive behaviour
  • Improved provisions for Special Education
  • Capacity Building for school boards
  • Advancement of programme to modernise the Ministry of Education, through the creation of a Central Policy Ministry and an operational arm, the Department of School Services
  • Establishment of Teacher Resource Centres to support ongoing professional development of teachers in their Quality Education Circles (QECs)
  • Establishment of agencies to focus on specific operational areas of the Ministry – The Jamaica Teaching Council, the National Education Inspectorate, the National College for Educational Leadership, the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission, the National Education Trust, the National Parenting Support Commission

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