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.