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Caribbean Journal of Education

Tertiary Education in Jamaica

64 - 69
Publication Date: 
September 2001

A reassessment of tertiary education in Jamaica and the role of The University of the West Indies (UWI) in it may in fact be overdue, and Kenneth Hall's presentation has set out very clearly the factors which make it urgent at this point in our history. By drawing attention to some of the weaknesses in the present system and putting before us different approaches being used in other countries, Professor Hall has helped to frame an agenda within which we can hope to find solutions. 
If he has not been dogmatic in endorsing one particular approach, this only goes to prove that he is not only a brilliant academic but a practical diplomat. But if I read between the lines, I pick up acceptance of the reality principle that he who pays the piper calls the tune, that the Jamaican government which provides funding for the system wants a restructuring, the dynamics of which will allow it to measure results in a very concrete way from the perspective of national development and political priorities. 

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