The Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) held the first of two regional launches of the 2012 Report Card on Education on January 24, 2013. The event was held at the Belair School in Mandeville. Over ninety (90) education officers, school board chairmen, principals, teachers, parent teachers association (PTA) presidents, and civil society group members from the Ministry of Education’s Regions 1, 5 and 6 (Kingston and St. Andrew, St. Elizabeth and Manchester, and Clarendon and St. Catherine, respectively) participated in the event.
The main findings of the report card were presented by the project’s lead researcher, Mrs. Dawn Sewell-Lawson. These findings related to:- (1) enrolment, (2) staying in school, (3) test scores, (4) equity, (5) standards, (6) assessment system, (7) management and accountability, (8) teaching profession, and (9) expenditure.
A group discussion session allowed participants to share current best practices in the education system. Of note were the internal appointment of assessment coordinators at Vere Technical High to monitor student progress, and the institution of succession planning at the Belair School.
Overall, CaPRI’s 2012 Report Card on Education was well received in Mandeville. The second regional launch will be held in Montego Bay on January 29, 2013.