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Public Expenditure Review of the Education Sector in Jamaica (English)

The objective of this public expenditure review (PER) is to analyze the adequacy, efficiency, and equity of public spending on education in Jamaica. These three aspects will be compared to national and international standards, in line with Jamaica’s educational challenges and goals. To this end, Caribbean countries will serve as regional peers; select top performing education systems (Finland and Estonia) will serve as aspirational comparators; and the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member countries, which represents a composite of high-income country systems, will serve as an international comparator. This report uses data from the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service (MOFPS), the Ministry of Education, Youth, and Information (MOEYI), the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, and the UNESCO Institute for Statistics (UIS). The analysis focuses on the last two years (2018 - 2019), for which spending data was provided. Longer trend analysis was impeded due to lack of additional years of data, although analysis was corroborated by other sources where possible. The PER incorporates results from national and regional assessments to provide information on education system performance. However, as Jamaica has not recently participated in any internationally benchmarked learning assessments, the PER can not include a deeper evaluation of the quality of education from an international perspective.




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World Bank

Public Expenditure Review of the Education Sector in Jamaica (English). Washington, D.C. : World Bank Group.