The Ministry of Education (MoE) is the government entity responsible for the management and administration of public education in Jamaica. The Ministry of Education was first established in 1953, as the Ministry of Education and Social Welfare. Currently, the MoE carries out the Government of Jamaica’s mandate of ensuring a system which secures quality education and training of all citizens of Jamaica in order to optimise individual and national development.
The MoE provides the avenue for enrichment and upward mobility of our people though education. The organisation is one of Jamaica’s largest public entities and is comprised presently of 11 agencies, six Regional Offices, and a central office with approximately 40 units which fall under 5 divisions. These unite to provide the framework for the efficient functioning of over 1,000 public educational institutions that serves over 100,000 students and over 20,000 teachers. The Ministry of Education is also responsible for two public universities and several community, multidisciplinary and teachers’ colleges.
Core Roles and Functions
The Ministry’s role of effectively managing the education system is accomplished through the execution of functions carried out by its divisions and agencies. Among these functions are:
To provide strategic leadership and policy direction for quality education for all Jamaicans to maximize their potential, contribute to national development and compete effectively in the global economy.
A customer-centred, performance oriented education system producing globally competitive, socially conscious Jamaican citizens.
The National Shared Vision
Each learner will maximize his/her potential in an enriching learner centred education environment with maximum use of learning technologies supported by committed qualified competent effective and professional educators and staff. The education system will equitable and accessible with full attendance to Grade 11.
Accountability, transparency and performance are the hallmarks of system that is excellent, self sustaining, resourced and welcomes full stakeholder participation.
Every Child Can Learn…Every Child Must Learn.