Gov’t Focused on Reintegrating Unattached Youth in Schools

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  • Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Government is on a mission to reintegrate unattached youth in schools.
  • He says the Administration has invested “considerable” resources in training and education initiatives that target persons who left school without formal certification, as also to enable current students to attain at least the equivalent of an Associate Degree before they exit the secondary education system.
  • “We are now on (a) rescue mission, and all of us must make sure that we (collectively endeavor to reduce the number of) youngsters who are leaving the education system without the kind of (educational) empowerment (they need),” Senator Reid said.

Education, Youth and Information Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Government is on a mission to reintegrate unattached youth in schools.

He says the Administration has invested “considerable” resources in training and education initiatives that target persons who left school without formal certification, as also to enable current students to attain at least the equivalent of an Associate Degree before they exit the secondary education system.

“We are now on (a) rescue mission, and all of us must make sure that we (collectively endeavor to reduce the number of) youngsters who are leaving the education system without the kind of (educational) empowerment (they need),” Senator Reid said.

He was speaking at the official opening of a new classroom block at Pembroke Hall High School in St. Andrew, on May 3.

Senator Reid said his Ministry remains focused on its thrust of keeping students in high school until age 18, so that they can be trained, certified, and be better prepared for work or higher education.

He cited the Career Advancement Programme (CAP) as one of the initiatives being used to reduce the high number of youth not attaining certification with the requisite qualifications for employment or to pursue further education and training.

The CAP is a Government of Jamaica initiative, administered through the Ministry, that is designed to respond to the growing numbers of learners who complete secondary level education without any formal certification and have not matriculated to post-secondary level education or work.

This is focused on providing opportunities for all learners, ages 16 to 18, to identify, understand, choose, and prepare for careers and occupations of their choices.

Other speakers at the function included: Finance and Public Service Minister and Member of Parliament for North West St. Andrew, where Pembroke Hall High School is located, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke; School Board Chairman, Vernon McLeod, and Principal, Reverend Claude Ellis.

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