Jamaica’s school system is characterized by structure and curricula to some extent in the country’s past as a British colony. The primary school is 6 years old and covers the age of 6-12 years. Almost all pupils in the age range are registered as pupils, but attendance is around 75%. The aim is to prioritize the primary school stage and make the curricula better adapted to the needs of the country.
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|Land area||10,991 km²|
|Residents per km²||255.5|
|Income per capita||$ 9,200|
|ISO 3166 code||JM|
|Telephone code||+ 1-876|
|Time zone UTC||-5|
|Geographic coordinates||18 15 N, 77 30 W.|
Secondary school consists of different school forms with a 5-year program (3 + 2). Secondary high school, which grates among the applicants, leads to certificates at the so-called O-level after 5 years. After a further 2 year courses, the student can qualify for admission to university through the so-called A-level certificate. In the early 1990s, 80% of the age burden went to the 3-year cycle. After completing the 2-year cycle, some schools may transition to a thirteenth school year (sixth form). The stage also has different types of vocational schools.
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The University of the West Indies was established in 1948. At the tertiary stage there is also a college of technology, agriculture and teacher education.