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BOOST earns RJRGLEANER Honour Award

The need to advance Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education in high schools across Jamaica gave birth to the Building Out Our STEM Teachers (BOOST) Fellowship Programme.

STEM is a curriculum-based methodology that educates students in four areas – science, technology, engineering and mathematics – in an interdisciplinary and applied approach.

BOOST is an innovative programme that was conceptualised at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, at the Faculty of Science and Technology in 2021. The programme’s main purpose is to assist with recognising and placing STEM teachers in high schools.

 “With the BOOST programme, good science students who are willing to serve up to one, two or three years teaching a STEM subject in a high school, especially a non-traditional high school, will be given a scholarship at the end of each year,” said Professor Michael Taylor, Dean of the Faculty of Science and Technology at The UWI.

Another method that is being used to motivate BOOST fellows is a performance-based incentive. “If a BOOST fellow is found to be an excellent teacher, he or she will be given an additional $500,000 at the end of each year of teaching,” said Dr Andre Coy, Associate Dean for External Affairs in the Faculty of Science and Technology.

Published on 22 Jun, 2022

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