Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness, has announced that the Government intends to introduce a Career Opportunities Programme to ensure that secondary school graduates are properly trained.
In an address to Carreras Limited’s scholarship awards banquet, at the Hilton Kingston Hotel, New Kingston on Wednesday (October 14), Mr. Holness said that details of the programme will be announced in a few weeks.
He stated that it would help to put the same emphasis on skills training as academics. Pointing to the approximately 10,000 students in junior high and all-age schools, he described them as the “forgotten” section of the education system for whom a way has to be found to keep them in school.
The Education Minister said it was important that education not be seen as an elitist endeavour, as the production of knowledge is the “new frontier of wealth” for the country.
Minister of Education, Hon Andrew Holness (left), listens intently to Managing Director of Carreras Limited, Michael Bernard, making a point during the company’s scholarship awards banquet at the Hilton Kingston Hotel, New Kingston on Wednesday (October 14). Ten awardees were honoured at the function.
“So if you want to ask ‘what is my future wealth?’ Show me your students who will produce knowledge,” he said.
Ten Carreras scholarship winners were honoured at the function; five from community colleges, four from the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts and one student pursuing postgraduate studies in the United States.
Managing Director of Carreras Limited, Mr. Michael Bernard, said the company has been awarding scholarships for postgraduate studies in the fields of medicine, public health, law, the arts, business administration and communications for a number of years. Community college scholarships were added last year, following a Corporate Responsibility Review.
“We are basically going forth in a manner that allows us to continue to play a key role in helping Jamaica to achieve its national development goals and, in so doing, we promise to continue supporting education,” he said.
Carreras Limited’s postgraduate scholarship winner, Chennelle Taylor (right), shares a joke with Managing Director of Carreras Limited, Michael Bernard (centre), and Member of Parliament for Central St. Mary, Dr. Morais Guy, at the company’s scholarship awards banquet at the Hilton Kingston Hotel, Wednesday (October 14). Ten awardees were honoured at the function.
This year’s postgraduate scholarship winner, 22-year-old Chenelle Taylor, is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Forensic Psychology at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice in New York.
She told JIS News that the US$10,000 a year scholarship will go a far way in supporting her studies.
“I’d been trying to get financial assistance for a while and the programme is very expensive.so it means a lot. It’s going to be a big help,” the University of the West Indies (UWI) graduate said.
She is currently in her second semester of the two-year programme. She will be returning to Jamaica to work after finishing her thesis, which she plans to do on restorative justice.