BPO JAMAICA: MESSAGE
T IS a known fact that investing in education is perhaps one of
the best decisions any government can make. When we invest
in our youth’s education, we invest in the future generation of
leaders, advocates, practitioners, entrepreneurs, and developers.
As a developing nation, education is critical to development. If
we are to succeed in laying the foundation for change and
development, we must invest more in access to quality education
As former president of Harvard University, Derek Bok, puts it: “If
you think education is expensive, try ignorance.” Inadequate
education produces high costs for society in terms of public
spending, crime, health, and economic growth. No country can
afford to leave its children behind and not help them achieve the
competencies needed for a self-fulfilled life and economic
It is no secret that technological advancements are changing
the way we communicate, the way we work, and the type of work
available. Automation and robotics are replacing several human
tasks and jobs, and changing the skills that organisations are
looking for in their people. As a result, there is a tremendous
increase in organisational challenges related to human resource
To plan for the future, we must ensure that we properly prepare
the youths, equipping them with the expertise and skills that will
enable them to adapt to the rapid global changes taking place in
all fields of development and knowledge.
According to the World Economic Forum’s report on the future
of jobs, the top seven skills for the job market in 2020 will be
complex problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, people
management, coordinating with others, emotional intelligence, and
judgment and decision making.
We must recognise that the three critical areas of quality
Foundational literacies – how students apply core skills to
everyday tasks. Some of these basic skills include literacy,
numeracy, information and communication technology literacy,
and scientific, cultural, and civic literacy.
Competences – how students approach complex challenges.
This includes the soft skills such as critical thinking and problem
solving, creativity, communication, and collaboration.
Character qualities – how students approach their changing
environment. This includes honing curiosity and persistence in our
youths, leadership, social and cultural awareness, and the ability
to take initiative.
On this basis, our industry association is pleased with the
Government of Jamaica’s approach in restructuring the
matriculation examination from the primary- to the secondary-
officer at UWI
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 28, 2018