Accessing Education In Jamaica
A Gateway to the Future

Getting an Education in Jamaica is considered to be one of the best starts that you can get in life.

People all over the world love our education system because of its structure and depth of information.
You are now able to work in Jamaica and get an education through grants and scholarships to residents and non residents.

History of Education In Jamaica

The education system in Jamaica was not always the way it is today. In the past, there were fewer schools and higher costs, which made it accessible to only a few persons.

It wasn’t until after the 1940s that more schools were built, costs reduced and new programs introduced.

Today, students from both urban and rural areas excel on international standards.

For those persons that are worried about the accreditation of the programs, the majority of Jamaican schools are accredited; in fact, schools in USA and Europe now offer their programs through Jamaican colleges and universities, online and on campus.

Scholarship and Grants

When compared to other countries, a Jamaican education is very affordable, even though, a number of persons may still find the tuition fee challenging.

Scholarships and grants are offered through the Student-Loan Bureau and other foundations and agencies to assist local and overseas prospective students to undergo courses, programs and degrees in Jamaica.

Early Childhood Education

Start your children the right way.

Children can begin their early-childhood education in Jamaica as early as the tender age of one. Early-childhood education includes day care, nursery, basic, infant and pre-school.

There are over 2,000 childhood schools to choose from, each with different facilities.

Primary Education

Education begins at infant schools; however, the foundation is laid at the primary level. At the primary level, we have public and private schools.

At the primary stage, each child will be introduced to several subject areas such as mathematics, English, science, social studies, geography and foreign languages.

This is the level that examinations are introduced. In grade four, children will sit a literacy exam and in grade six, they will sit a Grade Six Achievement Test (G.S.A.T.), which focuses on Mathematics, English, Writing, Social Studies and Science.

The result of the G.S.A.T. determines the school the child will attend in high school.

Secondary Education (High School)

Secondary education involves high schools and all age schools. Attending a high school in Jamaica is a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Choose from a variety of subjects. Secondary education in Jamaica is a step towards University and College.

Tertiary Education (Universities and Colleges)

How would you like to continue your tertiary education in Jamaica?

Our universities and colleges are known worldwide. For those of you who have started your degree program already, our local universities and colleges have joint programs with schools in USA and Europe.

When you complete your studies, you will be able to find a job anywhere in the world.

University of the West Indies (UWI), University of Technology (UTECH), Northern Caribbean University (NCU), Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts, and University College of the Caribbean (UCC) offer certificates, diplomas, undergraduate, graduate and post graduate programs that are certified and recognized by most tertiary institutions all over the world.

Skills Training

If you want to sharpen your skills, Jamaica has several skills training institutions that will grant you specific certifications.

HEART school is the most popular school but is not the only ne available. Skills trainings are offered in hospitality, mechanics, fashion, and manufacturing.

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