The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information (MoEYI) continues to implement the K – 13 strategy as part of the effort to ensure that all Jamaican students have access to education from the early childhood to secondary levels of the education system including Grades 12 and 13. In order to support full implementation of the strategy, the Ministry has restructured the Career Advancement Programme (CAP) to be of benefit to all learners in the Sixth Form Cohort in all high schools. As a result, all existing Grade 11 students will be able to access or transition to a Grade 12 programme in the new school year 2020/2021.
1. The Programme Pathways Under the CAP Integration Sixth Form Framework, students will be able to pursue programmes of study on one of three pathways.
Sixth Form Pathway I (Tradition)
Sixth Form Pathway II (Technical)
Sixth Form Pathway III (General)
To access the Traditional Pathway, students should attain passes in 5 CSEC subjects including Mathematics and English. Students will be able to pursue subjects of their choice in a quest to obtain an associate degree in CAPE upon completion within 2 years.
To access the Technical Pathway, students should attain at least 1 CSEC subject, NVQ - J, CVQ or City and Guilds English and/or Mathematics stage 3). Students who do not satisfy any one of the above requirements will be required to sit the HEART Diagnostic test and obtain a minimum mark of 25 (out of 60 marks) in both Mathematics and English. Students on the Technical Pathway will pursue level 1 or 2 in a labour market skill of choice. Students will be able to complete this programme in one year and transition to the Occupational Associate Degree programme in Grade 13.
The General Pathway is designed for students who do not meet any of the requirements established for Traditional or Technical Pathways. The programme developed for the General Pathway, will allow students to focus on strengthening their literacy and numeracy skills and working towards attaining City and Guilds certification. Students will also be introduced to a specialized skill area in addition to their other developmental areas leading to NVQ – J certification. Students who make good progress will be able to transfer to the Technical pathway.
2. Partnership We are aware that all the Grade 11 students could not be retained at their schools to pursue their advance studies given the limitations of the physical infrastructure. Based on consultations, the Ministry has approved the continuation of the high school education on the tertiary campuses. Therefore, the leadership of the secondary and tertiary institutions will partner to offer the Sixth Form Pathways for the new school year.
3. Clustering of Secondary and Tertiary Institutions At the regional level, a group of secondary institutions will be mapped to one or more tertiary institutions creating a cluster. Clusters are designed to help secondary principals identify available spaces for students who will access their Grade 12 and 13 programme at a tertiary institution.
It must be noted that should a student wish to pursue a programme of study not offered at any institution in the cluster to which his/her secondary school is mapped, allowances can be made for the student to access the programme of choice at another tertiary institution.
The proposed mapping document is attached for review, discussion and refinement at the regional level.
4. Registration Process The registration process for Grades 12 and 13 is to begin at the secondary level prior to students going on their break to prepare for their exit examinations. Students should receive career counselling designed to help them identify their preferred career path and select programmes best designed to help them attain their goals. Once results from the exit examinations are available, secondary principals will complete the registration process by transferring the documentation for students who will access their places at a partnering institution for the completion of the process. Given the unprecedented challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the registration for the new academic year should commence during the summer period or post the release of the CSEC results.
Principals can be guided by the CAP Integration Tertiary Programme Register which outlines the following:
- The participating tertiary institutions
- The pathways and programmes/specialisations offered by each tertiary institution
- The capacity for each programme The draft framework has been attached for further review. This will be updated to clearly reflect all participating institutions and their satellite campuses.
5. Funding Arrangement The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will fund the expanded secondary programme through the disbursement of regular grants that are paid in four tranches in June, September, December and April. Funding will be provided to the secondary institutions which will be required to make payment to the tertiary institution for students whose registration is transferred. The Way Forward To advance this programme, the Regional Directors , Tertiary Education Officers, the CAP Director and Technical Development Officers have been assigned to provide support to the facilitation of meetings between secondary and tertiary institutions to refine the clusters and fine tune arrangements for the Memorandum of Understandings. These meetings will be scheduled between August 3, and August 12, 2020. The above mentioned officers as well as the Social Work Education Officers will monitor and support to ensure the success of the programme.
The Ministry anticipates the full support of all critical stakeholders in the effective implementation of CAP Sixth Form Framework. Principals are encouraged to begin sensitizing their Grade 11 students to this new approach and implement mechanisms to support the smooth registration and transfer when the results of the CSEC Examinations are made available.