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Quality education counts for skills and growth


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Students in Jamaica

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • The subjects and skills learnt in the classroom are the foundation for future laboral success.
  • Despite high level of investment, the quality of education in the Caribbean remains low
  • Many students in the Caribbean lack basic skills in core areas such as ICT, English and mathematics


The quality and relevance of education is paramount to achieving economic growth. In fact, it is believed that a single standard deviation in test scores between countries equates to 2 percentage points in annual long-term GDP growth.

Countries across the Caribbean have taken significant strides to increasing primary and secondary school enrollment. However, with the economic landscape changing rapidly, the key to achieving sustained growth in the region is quality education, which prepares students for the labor market.

Analysing data from across the educational spectrum , the report sets out the reasons behind the low quality of education in the Caribbean and provides practical solutions to help ensure the next generation are suitably skilled for the 21st century.



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The quality and relevance of education are paramount to achieve economic growth. Countries across the Caribbean are taking significant strides to increase enrollment in primary and secondary education. Read the report.