President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association, JTA, Owen Speid is contending that there is no need for the government to build any new ‘Science Technology Engineering and Maths’, STEM, schools in Jamaica.
Mr. Speid’s statement follows an announcement by Prime Minister Andrew Holness arising from his recent visit to China, that the country will be partnering with the government to build three STEM schools in Jamaica.
Mr. Holness said his administration will fund an additional three schools to be run as centres of excellence.
Speaking in an interview with Irie Fm News, the Teachers’ Association President said while the JTA endorses STEM, the country already has the physical infrastructure to offer stem to every child, and not just to a group of children at special schools.
He states that the government must focus on ensuring that all school labs are efficiently and effectively equipped.
Meantime, the JTA President is taking Prime Minister Holness to task over comments that the new STEM schools would not be operated under the old Education Act, but under a new framework.
Mr. Speid wants clarification on how the schools would be operated, as the proposal is for them not to operate under the education regulation.
And Mr. Speid queried whether the proposed STEM schools would be elite institutions that would bar certain students from entering.