Addressing Master of Science (MSc) graduates from Central Connecticut State University, at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James, on Sunday January 11, the Minister said by undertaking and completing the course of study, the graduates would have already signalled that they intend to be serious transformational players.
The 43 graduates included 14 from Sam Sharpe Teachers’ College in St. James ; 7 from Moneague College in St. Ann, and 22 from the Mico University College in Kingston. They earned their degrees in Educational Leadership.
“Your course of study is crucial to my country and your country’s development. As educators, you are committed to this process by your decision to pursue and further your own professional development,” the Minister said.
Miss Hanna congratulated the graduates on their achievement, noting that they “have already prepared themselves to be counted among the cadre of transformatives.”
Meanwhile, the Minister said the collaboration between the three local tertiary institutions and Central Connecticut State University, must be commended.
She emphasised that at this time, Jamaica needs more collaboration among all sectors, in order to meet the country’s goals and objectives.
“For some reason, we do not necessarily like to collaborate, but we have to …we must. When you are able to collaborate, you become more deliberate and you actually get more done, because more people have the information,” the Minister said.
Citing her Ministry’s success in meeting its goals, she said this was made possible as a result of immense collaboration between all the stakeholders.
“I am very happy to say that we have been able to achieve our objectives of 2014 going into 2015 as a Ministry. We could have only done this by really having cooperation,” she noted.
Principal of the Sam Sharpe Teachers College Mr. Asburn Pinnock in giving a history of the programme pointed out that the first batch of graduates was in 1999 since then there have been over 1000 graduates in the over 15 years of the programme.
He said it begun some twenty or so years ago as a collaborative effort between the Central Connecticut State University and the Sam Sharpe Teachers College, with the addition of the Mico Teachers College few years later and were joined two years ago by the Moneague Teachers College.
Central Connecticut State University, has been in Jamaica for nearly 40 years in a collaborative effort with Sam Sharpe.
One of the first computer labs in the Caribbean was set up by Central Connecticut at Sam Sharpe in the mid eighties.
Having begun with the Bachelors Degree Programme and graduating to the Masters Degree, the programme will shortly be moving to offer a doctoral degree in Educational leadership. It is hoped that the doctoral programme will come on stream by the end of this year.
Most of the schools in Western Jamaica have Central Connecticut State grads at the helm of the administration.
There have been three principals of the year from that programme including Heather Murray from Hampton High in St. Elizabeth, Pauline Reid from Holland High and Sharon Reid from St. Andrew High School.