Government Report shows children in state custody receiving inadequate educational services
Tuesday, May 13, 2014 – Kingston, Jamaica – The National Education Inspectorate report, partial findings of which were released on CVM’s Live at 7 last night, revealed that the education provided to children in four juvenile remand and correctional institutions has been ‘unsatisfactory’.
The Government has a legal responsibility to provide education to wards under the Corrections Act as well as international obligations. The shocking revelations by the NEI highlight a dangerously flawed vision of juvenile justice that must be remedied as a matter of urgency. The inadequate response by the Government puts this vulnerable population at risk and obstructs the rehabilitation of wards.
JFJ calls on:
• The National Education Inspectorate to release the full report;
• Minister Bunting to outline in his Sectoral Presentation today what actions have been taken and will be taken to ensure that the level of education offered at juvenile institutions is brought up to at least a satisfactory standard in the immediate future, with the aim to achieve the highest standard within the shortest possible time;
• The Ministry of Education to be allocated responsibility for education in these facilities, as has been recommended by the Government Taskforce on the New Regime for Juveniles in Correctional and Remand Centres in 2010.