The Ministry of Education is seeking to recruit more scholarship recipients from the public school system.
Portfolio Minister Fayval Williams has indicated that she advocates an increase in enrolment, particularly at the primary level.
“I know you are mainly in our high schools, [but] many of our primary schools do not have scholarship holders. We have large primary schools, we have medium or small schools. We need to think about how we can, perhaps, consolidate our small primary schools, so that they also have the services of a bursar,” Williams said.
She was speaking at the 22nd annual Caribbean Scholars Conference at the Grand Palladium Hotel in Hanover on November 18.
Williams emphasized the importance of scholarship holders in the effective operation of the public school system
She noted that Financial Officers play a critical role in ensuring accountability in the administration of institutions and that their teaching and learning objectives are achieved.
“You have to manage the resources given to the schools by the ministry and other resources that may come either from efforts in the schools through grantees or from other activities.
“As Minister, I truly recognize the work you do in our schools. I know the work you do is important. Our schools are scattered across Jamaica, they vary in size and composition [and] there are a lot of issues that you have to deal with on a day-to-day basis,” Williams said.
In this context, the Minister of Education indicated that technological initiatives, such as the integrated human resources and payroll system MyHR+, will be implemented in schools to help scholarship recipients in their daily activities.
She noted that the technology is meant to drive greater efficiency in schools “not to take anything away from you or diminish what you do.”
“As we move forward, there is [will be] more and more technology [introduced] in our schools…to help you streamline the work you do…because at the end of the day the Department of Education and Youth has to account for all education sector finances,” a- she declared.
Williams assured members of the Bursars Association of Jamaica (BAJ), which hosted the conference, that the government will continue to protect their welfare while encouraging them to build their skills through ongoing training.
– JIS News