Mico to Offer Degree in Primary Education


As of September 2004, Mico Teachers’ College will extend its teaching curriculum to include a Bachelor of Science degree in Primary Education and a Bachelor’s in Education Leadership.
This was announced by Principal of Mico Teachers’ College, Dr. Claude Packer, at the 16th annual fund-raising banquet of the South Florida chapter of the Mico Old Students’ Association, held in Miami on April 17.
Dr. Packer also noted that as of 2008, all Jamaican teachers would be required to be qualified with a Bachelor’s degree, and that the institution was currently working in collaboration with the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culturein this regard.
The Principal pointed out that other programmes were being written and that a Centre for Degree Programmes had been established with plans to achieve full degree granting status within the next two years.
Dr. Packer said that Mico was also working with the Police Academy to train Police Educators and Trainers, equipping them with the requisite pedagogical skills.
Commending members of the alumni group for their spirit of service in education, Dr. Packer expressed appreciation for the remittances from the overseas associations, noting that this had contributed significantly in the development of the education at home as well as to the local communities.
In his address, Governor-General, the Most Hon. Sir Howard Cooke, an alumnus of Mico, praised the overseas communities of Jamaicans for their on-going commitment to the development of Jamaica, particularly in the field of education.
He noted that Mico, which was nearly 170 years old, had held the distinction as the second oldest teacher training institution in the English-speaking world. He also reminded the audience of the great Jamaican leaders at home and abroad, some of whom were graduates of Mico.
Sir Howard challenged the alumni to continue the tradition of giving, emphasizing that education was the way to the future. He commended Dr. Packer and staff at the College for the advancement in curriculum development, and also in the area of staff and student welfare.
Dr. Cleveland Clark, former Mico student, received the Association’s Gold Medal Award for his instrumentality and involvement in the founding of that chapter, serving twice as its President. He is currently a Board member.
Three past employees of Mico received plaques of recognition for their dedication and commitment during their years of service to the institution.
Matron Barbara Harris served for 23 years as Health Supervisor, administering medical service to hundreds of students.
Others included Nurse Gloria Lynch, for her contribution and support in the Medical department and Hyacinth Brown, who retired after 36 years of service as house mother at the institution.
Scholarships were also given to three seniors who will attend Florida colleges in the September 2004 semester. These include Junel Green of North Miami High, Nesheca Williams of Blanche Ely High and Joshua Ogemante of South Broward High School.
Consul General, Ricardo Allicock brought greetings. President of the Association, Stanley Reid, extended the welcome.

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