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Jamaica secondary education : improving quality and extending access : Main report (Английский)

The study reviews the progress achieved in providing universal coverage in primary education, near universal coverage in junior secondary education, and substantial coverage in early childhood education (ECE), despite the country's relatively low gross national product per capita. Enrollment ratios show gender equity has been achieved, suggesting that education policy, and public finance have been successful. However, challenges remain, particularly in ECE, upper secondary education, and tertiary education, which still correspond to an economic status. Jamaica was responsive to these challenges, embarking on an ambitious agenda in the 1990s, the Reform of Secondary Education Program (ROSE), whose second phase is to expand the reform nationwide. The reform carries logistical implications for teacher training, textbook provision, and infrastructure upgrading. This report endorses the government's policy, examining the agenda for the second ROSE phase. It focuses on learning outcomes, aiming at abolishing automatic promotion from primary through secondary education, thus ECE will be improved, to gain a better performance of primary students. Teacher skills will be improved, enhancing the curriculum content, and, encouraging university joint degree programs. Reforms in education finance will be complemented, differentiating cost sharing at secondary levels, vs. targeting cost recovery at university level.

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