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  • Over 1000 teachers from primary and secondary schools trained
  • 1300 primary school teachers received advanced training in literacy for grades one to three
  • 300 teachers participated in advanced skills training for special education

Over 1000 teachers from primary and secondary schools islandwide are now better prepared to deliver on their subject specialities after participating in a Ministry of Education-organized curriculum training programme, during the summer.

The initiative was designed to enhance teaching competence in several subject areas, and is expected to significantly improve the quality of the participants’ output, beginning the 2013/14 academic year, which starts in September.

Portfolio Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, who made the disclosure during the Ministry’s back to school press conference at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) in Kingston on August 23, informed that some 1300 primary school teachers received advanced training in literacy for grades one to three.

He said 300 teachers participated in advanced skills training for special education; 600 were trained in the provisions of the health and life curriculum; while an additional 150 were instructed in integration of technical and vocational education into the secondary school system.

In the case of the latter, the Minister informed that “new skills regarding the profession of animation have been primary in that level of training.”

Rev. Thwaites advised that stakeholder discussions aimed at advancing programmes in agricultural education, have commenced.

“This (agricultural studies) has been one of the Cinderella’s of the system in the past, and that can no longer be the case. We want a fully articulated and practical regiment of agricultural education. We must play our part in the resolute move that takes Jamaica away from that $1 billion worth of food imports every year,” he said.

Meanwhile, Rev. Thwaites informed that the National Parenting Commission, headed by Dr. Patricia Charles Freeman, “is up and running, while members of the Apprenticeship Board, headed by Dr. Gossett Oliver, have been appointed.