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JM | Jan 25, 2023

Higher education a top priority, says education minister

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(From left) Chief Executive Officer at the Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission, Dr Dameon Black, Minister of Education Fayval Williams, President of the University of Technology (Utech) Jamaica Student’s Union, Tavoy Barrett and Assistant Registrar of Student Services, at Utech Jamaica, Dorrset Gabbidon Pottinger (Photo: JIS).

Minister of Education Fayval Williams says the Government will take strategic steps to tackle issues surrounding higher education through the National Higher Education Policy.

Williams, who was speaking at the University of Technology (UTech) Jamaica Students Union Future of Education ‘Think Thank’ on Tuesday (January 24), outlined that this policy will assist the Government with the structuring of higher education.

“We have put our best minds at the ministry to think about a higher education policy. They have spent a lot of time speaking to stakeholders and they have also spoken to students as well to just improve how we want higher education to be structured, what it is that we want and how do we align higher education with the labour market and what incentives do we give,” she outlined.

President of the University of Technology (UTech) Jamaica Student’s Union, Tavoy Barrett engages in a conversation with Minister of Education Fayval Williams at the University of Technology (UTech) Jamaica Students Union Future of Education ‘Think Thank’ on Tuesday (January 24) (Photo: JIS).

She noted that the policy will also seek to examine the financial challenges that students face in attaining higher education.

“I believe that financing of tertiary education has to include in it not just what you pay for tuition but also room and board, books and supplies,” she said.

She further noted that the policy aims to encourage more students who are graduating from secondary to pursue tertiary level education.

The policy has been approved by Cabinet and aims to govern the higher education sector.

JIS

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