JIS: The Government has realigned the education curriculum to ensure that the nation’s youth are equipped for changes in the job market, says Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green.
Mr. Green said the innovative curriculum is technology-based, putting students at the centre of education, so that they will be able to cope with the job drift.
“It is for that reason that we have outlined a new curriculum for schools, starting with our secondary and primary schools, which is infused with technology at every aspect,” the Minister noted.
Mr. Green was addressing the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Social Good Summit, held today (September 19), at the Spanish Court Hotel, in New Kingston.
Some 12,000 teachers received training during the summer break for the new system, and the Minister reasoned that with the infusion of technology in education, young people will be adequately prepared for “jobs of the present and the future”.
He explained that the vision is to ensure that when students are finished “with this course of study”, they are not only able to pass examinations, but are able to engage in critical thinking, assess and manipulate technology for “all our social good”.
Mr. Green said young people must be empowered through education for them to create, build and utilise technology education for sustainable development of not only Jamaica, but the world.
The Summit examined the impact of technology and new media on social initiatives around the world. It also exhibited current technology solutions and concepts that address development challenges.
CAPTION: Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green (left), is joined by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative, Bruno Pouezat, as they display the Development Goals of the organisation at the UNDP’s Social Good Summit, held on September 19, at the Spanish Court Hotel, in New Kingston.