JIS News

A training programme aimed at better preparing science teachers in secondary schools to teach the subject is currently being conducted at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) through a partnership established between that institution, the University of the West Indies and the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture.The programme, which is currently in its third year, is designed to qualify teachers in upgraded secondary schools to matriculate into the new Bachelor of Education (Secondary Science) programme being delivered by mixed mode through Distance Education and face to face by the University of the West Indies. A total of 30 teachers drawn from schools across the country are currently receiving training under the programme, which is also being conducted as part of the preliminary upgrade programme at the college for diploma trained teachers.
Speaking to JIS News yesterday (August 12) President of CASE, Dr. Paul Ivey said the programme was established as part of the thrust by the Ministry of Education to improve the teaching of science in schools in light of the poor performance in science subjects in the CXC examinations.
Noting that CASE was chosen to implement the programme both because of its designation as a science teaching institution and academic expertise, and its laboratory facilities, Dr. Ivey said the cost of the training of the teachers was borne by the government, adding that they were bonded to serve in the teaching profession on completion of their training.
Observing that the programme was progressing successfully, the CASE President observed that the participants have been performing well and expressed confidence that the training would go a far way in improving the teaching of science in schools and prepare the way for Jamaica to be on the cutting edge of science and technology in the global community.