Not Slowing Down Education Plans, says Damion Crawford

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Member of Parliament for East Rural St. Andrew, and Minister of State for Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Damion Crawford, says the second phase of his constituency's 3-2-1 Education Plan will commence next week.

Under Minister Crawford's 3-2-1 plan, persons within the constituency will be able to access a greater level of education at a reduced rate and in some cases, free of cost.

"The second phase of the 3-2-1 plan will comprise of Homework Centers and 22 Night Schools across the constituency. Therefore, students can sit at a homework centre closest to them and complete their tasks with supervised help, and those adults attending the night schools will be able to pay for CXC classes and access one free of cost," he says.

"The aim of 3-2-1 is to ensure that the constituents who need to improve their educational qualifications will be able to afford it. Therefore, in five years each household should have at least one person with three CXCs, in ten years at least one with 2 A-Levels and in 15 years at least one with a Degree, because with educational mobility comes economic mobility," says Crawford.

The first phase of the 3-2-1 plan which was launched in July, comprised of a Mathematics camp for 412 fifth grade GSAT and tenth grade CXC students from across the constituency.

Crawford says, "The camp went extremely well. Not only were the students taught the syllabus by some of the best Math teachers and University students, but they were also housed on UWI's campus and fed, all of which were free of cost to them and were made available by the Constituency Development Fund, (CDF) and corporate Jamaica."

Crawford also noted that this year's CXC Mathematics passes among students across the region, have been noticeably low - declining from a 39.5 percent pass rate in 2010 to 31.7 percent this year.
Despite some criticisms about the prioritizing of resources since winning the constituency seat in December 2011, Crawford who recently returned from London as the guest speaker at the CARIFORUM-­-EU Business Forum - a Carib-Export funded trip - says one of his chief areas of focus in the constituency will remain, education.