The Education System Transformation Programme

By | July 6, 2017

The Education System Transformation Programme

The Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP) is the response to the assessment of the performance of Jamaica’s education sector as documented by the 2004 Task Force on Educational Reform. The ESTP represents an all-embracing set of actions designed to result in improved standards of performance and greater accountability at all levels of the education system.

Between 2005 and 2009 the implementation of the recommendations of the 2004 Task Force was funded by the Government of Jamaica primarily through funding from the National Housing Trust and the annual budget.

At that time, the implementation of the task force recommendations was assigned to the Education Transformation Team which worked alongside their counterparts in the Ministry of Education.

In 2009, the Government began negotiations with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and World Bank to provide funding support for the continuation of the transformation programme and in particular to support the modernisation of the Ministry of Education. The ESTP now receives funding for selected areas of the modernisation/transformation programme through loan and grant support from both multilateral institutions.

As a result, the modernisation of education service delivery through a policy focused Central Ministry, a Department of School Services, and support agencies which will regulate, quality assure and support school improvement, will undoubtedly enhance the system’s ability to act as a catalyst for Jamaica’s growth and development.

Major Activities of the ESTP

  • Development of enhanced performance and accountability systems at all levels
  • Provision of additional school spaces and other infrastructural needs
  • Increasing the capacity of teachers and administrators through ongoing professional development
  • Strengthening monitoring and evaluation mechanisms to provide more targeted support to schools
  • Significant legislative changes including revisions to the Education Act and the crafting of legislation to support the establishment of entities such as the JTC, JTEC and NPSC.

The National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL)

The National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL) is being established in recognition of the need for greater focus on the development of school leaders. NCEL’s strategic initiatives include improving leadership, facilitating and providing support for the creation of local leadership networks in conjunction with the Department of School Services. The College has introduced leadership qualification programmes for both in- service and aspiring principals. The College is positioned to be the premier institution for professional leadership in education in the Region.

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