“The statement from Minister Williams calling on parents to do their part in ensuring children are learning, does not take sufficient account of the economic hardship and the psychological stress faced by many of our parents. The Opposition is calling on the Government of Jamaica to identify and implement measures to make that burden lighter”, said Dr Angela Brown Burke.
The Shadow Minister is aware that parents of students preparing for PEP exams have welcomed the plans outlined to support their grade six students, but she notes that key areas of concern for the remaining cohorts have not been similarly addressed.
After almost a year of trying to come to terms with educating our students in the context of a pandemic, data is indicating that significant learning loss has occurred. This is particularly evident among the grade 11 cohort, where a sharp decline in registration of students to sit the CXC examinations has been reported.
Dr Brown Burke is demanding that greater attention be paid to the provision of resources and the development of new approaches to ensure that learning outcomes are realized. She said, “Our students need to be sufficiently prepared to progress along their academic journey, and so I urge the Government to gather all the lessons learned from the pandemic and use them to inform the changes needed for an improved education sector.”
The Shadow Minister is using this opportunity to commend teachers and administrators for the tremendous sacrifice they are making and for the creativity and innovation displayed under the circumstances. She is further suggesting that the Government engage these frontline workers to determine specific actions that could help turn around the present state of affairs.
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