The 6 years of primary school education in Jamaica is compulsory and free. Children receive their instruction in English, and remain there between the ages of 6 and 12. Schools may be state-owned, or private preparatory schools.
There is no free education in Jamaica after Primary School, which ends with completion of Grade 6. Children must pass an exam to be admitted into High School. A critical problem is that many bright children pass their exams, but are unable to attend high school because of lack of funds.
The average primary school child is now costing his/her parent anywhere between JA$30,000 and JA$40,000 (US$300 and US$400) in pre-September costs, and will cost thousands of dollars more during the term. Early childhood education is a huge financial burden for many parents in Jamaica.Oct 25, 2015