For­eign lan­guages to be com­pul­sory up to grade nine, says MOE

Jamaica Gleaner - - INTERNATIONAL NEWS -

(JIS)

THE MIN­ISTRY of Ed­u­ca­tion, Youth and In­for­ma­tion is look­ing to make for­eign lan­guages com­pul­sory for stu­dents from grades one to nine.

Port­fo­lio Min­is­ter Ruel Reid said the move forms part of the Min­istry’s for­eign lan­guage pol­icy in schools.

“I have al­ready sig­nalled to my min­istry to come up with a strat­egy of how we are go­ing to en­sure that for­eign lan­guages are part of our pri­mary cur­ricu­lum,” he said. Reid was ad­dress­ing the an­nual gen­eral meet­ing of the Na­tional As­so­ci­a­tion of Span­ish Teach­ers and the Ja­maica As­so­ci­a­tion of French Teach­ers at the Caen­wood Cen­tre in Kingston on Fri­day. He noted that the plan is for stu­dents “to do a menu of for­eign lan­guages” up to third form. He said the hope is that teach­ers will em­ploy ingenious ways to im­part the lan­guages in or­der to cap­ture stu­dents’ in­ter­est so that they will be en­cour­aged to spe­cialise af­ter grade nine.

Reid pointed out that hav­ing a sec­ond lan­guage is an as­set in the global labour mar­ket, adding that a mul­ti­lin­gual labour force will bet­ter po­si­tion the coun­try for new ar­eas of in­vest­ments and trade. Reid thanked the var­i­ous em­bassies, such as France, Spain, Chile, Cuba, Venezuela and Brazil, and or­gan­i­sa­tions such as the Span­ish-Ja­maica Foun­da­tion and the Or­ga­ni­za­tion of Amer­i­can States, for their sup­port to the coun­try in the teach­ing and learn­ing of var­i­ous lan­guages over the years.

REID

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