FOUNDER and chairman of Educate Jamaica Ainsworth Darby says he has no issue with considering a value-added approach to his organisation's ranking system but believes some schools may use it as a smokescreen for their underperformance.
“My worry is that it serves the potential of creating a platform where persons will hide behind it and their justification of not achieving the performance as required by the Government...Value-added has a place, we are not measuring value-added. If somebody else wants to measure value-added — by all means,” Darby said.
He said his organisation's ranking system is “measuring what the labour market is receiving, what percentage of the grade 11 students are ready for the labour market.
“And I am measuring readiness of the labour market because the labour market is asking for five subjects, universities are asking for five subjects — I am just measuring the readiness,” he explained.
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