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Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, has said that there must be a sustained focus on primary education, so that the youth can get a good start in their education development.
“In too many areas we have fallen down in our standards, and we are in desperate need of greater emphasis on primary education. We have to concentrate more in Jamaica on early childhood education and primary education,” Mr. Shaw said.
He was addressing a luncheon organized by the Catholic College of Mandeville (CCM), at the St. John Bosco Boys’ Home in the town on Wednesday (December 8).
The CCM broke ground Wednesday for the construction of a new site in Williamsfield, Manchester, which will accommodate 2,000 students, up from the current population of 700. Mr. Shaw commended the institution for focusing on teacher education, as well as on ethics in professional conduct.
He said that, for too long, Jamaica’s children have been moving from one stage to another in school, without adequate training, some virtually illiterate.
“All of the things that we have been working on, all of the things that we need to do as a country, the biggest investment of all must remain our investment in the human development of this country,” he stated.
He said that the stabilization of the economy by the Government has enabled many investment opportunities and, with more investments in human capacity, Jamaica should be on its way, once again, to experiencing meaningful growth.
CCM opened its doors in 1993 in Mandeville. Relocating to the new site in Williamsfield will allow for physical expansion and resources to enhance teacher training. The institution offers several diploma and degree programmes, as well as a Master’s programme in teacher education.