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  • More emphasis will be placed on science, technology and vocational education in schools during this financial year, to provide the skills needed by foreign investors.
  • This was stated by Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, while addressing ambassadors and representatives of high commissions at a meeting held on May 8.
  • The meeting was held to share the Education Ministry’s plans and policies with the diplomats as well as to learn how they are assisting to advance education in Jamaica.

More emphasis will be placed on science, technology and vocational education in schools during this financial year, to provide the skills needed by foreign investors.

This was stated by Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, while addressing ambassadors and representatives of high commissions at a meeting held on May 8 in the conference room at the Ministry, in Kingston.

The meeting was held to share the Education Ministry’s plans and policies with the diplomats as well as to learn how they are assisting to advance education in Jamaica.

Rev. Thwaites told the gathering that the Ministry is committed to providing the necessary skills needed by investors.

“We have said to our colleague Ministers of Industry, Investment and Commerce and Science, Technology, Energy and Mining that we wish to know in advance what are the skills that are required for a potential investor, and we make a commitment, a serious and solemn commitment, that we would provide the skills necessary,” he said.

The Minister emphasized that investors should not have to import skills. “We must learn what your investors need and we must be ready for you. This is the direction that we want to take,” he said.

Rev. Thwaites said the old belief that technical and vocational education is somehow inferior to academic education is no longer true.

“We are suffering for it because our ability to attract investment, particularly of high technology, is cramped because very often those who would come here from countries such as yours and others are saying to us, where do you have the skilled staff that will make my investment worthwhile,” he said.

The Minister commended the Missions for their contributions to the education system and their many visits to schools in Jamaica.

“All of you here, in one way or another, have advanced educational opportunities in Jamaica. You have done it in a variety of ways,” he said, adding  that many of the Missions have taken the opportunity to visit schools to share “the differences of culture and similarities with students.”

“It is a tremendous opportunity that cannot be rivaled by any picture, by any book, by any film. It is in that way you personally give to our children and we are grateful,” the Minister said.

The Heads and representatives of Missions also gave short presentations on their involvement in advancing education in Jamaica.