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Education Ministry announce rollout of PLAR initiative

Minister of Education and Youth, Fayval Williams, has announced the rollout of the ministry’s Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) initiative.

Speaking at a post cabinet press briefing on Wednesday, Williams shared that the initiative will benefit both experienced and young workers as it provides a means of formally recognizing learning that has occurred outside of the traditional (often public) school system.

“Imagine you’ve been providing care for elderly persons in their homes and you’ve been doing this consistently for the past ten years; you’ve gained very useful experience in how to care for the elderly. The issue is that after ten years of working in this field, despite the very real experience, you have no certification. This programme- PLAR- would allow your ten years of experience to be assessed and recognition or credits given,” explained Williams.

“This initiative that we are rolling out is also applicable to our thousands of young people who may have acquired very good experience, in various areas of work, and have no certification,” added Wiliams.

Minister Williams further said PLAR will be recognized as part of the National Qualification Framework of Jamaica (NQFJ).

Currently, the NQFJ has eight levels and four categories, which include general education, technical and vocational, occupational degrees, tertiary education and lifelong learning under which PLAR will be incorporated.

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