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Jamaicans 18 years and older, who were unable to complete their secondary schooling, will get a second chance to do so, through the High School Equivalency Programme (HISEP), which was launched yesterday (July 27).
HISEP is a programme of the Ministry of Education and Youth and the HEART Trust/National Training Agency (NTA), with the National Council on Technical and Vocational Education and Training (NCTVET) and the Jamaica Foundation for Life Long Learning having full responsibilities for implementing, monitoring and evaluating the programme.
At the launch held at the Terra Nova Hotel, Pauline Bain, Materials Coordinator, explained that HISEP was specifically designed for persons, who did not complete their secondary level education, or for persons, who have completed secondary school, but have received no formal certification.
Five core subjects will be taught under HISEP. These are language and communication, literature, culture and the arts, mathematics, science and technology and society and citizenship.
Before starting the programme, persons will be assessed at the HISEP centres across the island to determine their readiness and on successful completion of the subject areas, they will receive a diploma.
Education Minister, Maxine Henry Wilson said that the creation of HISEP was a landmark occasion in the history of the education system in Jamaica.
She urged Jamaicans, without high school certification, to take advantage of the programme, noting that it would improve their employability.”Too often, we see persons, who feel that because at some point in life, they were not able to make it and that has brought an end to their aspirations,” the Minister said.
“We have to instill in our young people that they have to strive” she noted, adding that, “we have to provide them with the inspiration that they can do whatever it is they want to do once they make that effort.”
Marcia Stewart, Administrator at the Joint Board of Teacher Education (JBTE) said that the creation of HISEP was a step in the right direction, as it would ensure the fundamental right of every Jamaican, to access education.
She noted that the subjects offered in the HISEP programme have been carefully conceptualized, so as to assist the participants to become “sovereign learners, able to undertake self directed learning, and therefore to be able to take control of their process of becoming educated at the highest level desired.”
In his remarks, Dr. Rae Davis, Chairman of the NCTVET and President of the University of Technology (UTech) also expressed his support for the programme, noting that it would provide opportunities for continuing education and life long learning.

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