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JAM | May 11, 2024

Ashley Spence | Resource deficiencies and the Jamaican classroom

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As stakeholders, we have an incredible responsibility to provide our students with the best possible education.

However, in Jamaica, there is a significant issue that is hindering our ability to do so – the lack of resources in our classrooms. This issue not only affects the quality of education we receive as students but also hinders our potential for success in the future. It is time for us to address this problem and take action to provide students with the resources they need to thrive.

First and foremost, a lack of resources leads to a decrease in the quality of education our students receive. With limited access to textbooks, technology, and other essential materials, students are not able to fully engage with the curriculum and obtain a well-rounded education.

This puts them at a disadvantage compared to their peers in countries with better-equipped classrooms. As a result, they may struggle to keep up with academic expectations and may not reach their full potential.

Moreover, the lack of resources in the Jamaican classroom also has long-term consequences. Without access to updated textbooks, technologies, and other resources, students are not adequately prepared for higher education and the job market.

This creates a cycle of disadvantage, as students who do not have the necessary resources are more likely to face challenges in pursuing higher education and securing well-paying jobs. As a result, the lack of resources in our classrooms ultimately contributes to the larger issue of economic inequality in our society.

Pre-pandemic image of a teacher conducting English Language lessons at a school in Jamaica’s capital Kingston.

It is clear that the lack of resources in Jamaican classrooms is a pressing issue that needs to be addressed. It is up to all of us as educators, policymakers, and community members to advocate for change and ensure that our students have access to the resources they need to succeed.

This could include lobbying for increased funding for education, partnering with non-profit organisations to provide resources, or even organising community drives for school supplies.

Let us work together to provide our students with the tools they need to excel academically and achieve their full potential.

Our future depends on it.

Ashley Spence is a grade 10 student at the Maggotty High School in St Elizabeth.


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