Scotia Jamaica Foundation Announces Free CSEC Exam Prep
Programme for 1000 Students

September 26, 2021 – The Scotia Jamaica Foundation will be supporting 1,000 students who will be sitting the CSEC examinations in 2022 through a partnership with One on One Educational Services Ltd. The Bank further noted that 75% of the available spaces will be reserved for students enrolled on the PATH programme.

Applications for the programme will commence on Monday, September 27, 2021.

The online-based exam preparation programme will begin on October 19 and includes live classes in seven subject areas, past paper reviews, SBA preparation, video-based tutorials and academic coaching.

“Scotia Group has been a longstanding supporter of Jamaica’s youth development through various education initiatives.  We recognize the impact that the ongoing COVID-19 Pandemic has had on our Jamaican students and we are committed to helping them to navigate these challenges. Under our new philanthropic umbrella, Scotia RISE, we have prioritized education as it is pivotal towards achieving economic resilience” shared Audrey Tugwell Henry, President and CEO of the Scotia Group and Chair of the Scotia Jamaica Foundation.

“We want every Jamaican child to be successful and realize their full potential and we are strongly encouraging parents of students sitting CSEC next year to register for this beneficial and timely programme which we are certain will assist them in their academic pursuits,” Tugwell Henry continued.

To register for the programme which has been endorsed by both the Ministry of Education and the Ministry Labour and Social Security, parents and guardians are asked to visit Access to the programme is free of charge and there are also no data charges for accessing the self-guided learning and recorded lessons on the site. Students will, however, require a data connection to access the live classes which will be hosted daily via the Zoom platform.

Commenting on the initiative, Minister of Education, Youth and Information, the Hon. Fayval Williams said “The education of our children must be a national, collaborative effort, and an educated populace redounds to the benefit of the entire nation.”

“The Scotia Group Jamaica has a long and distinguished record of corporate social outreach, with the education sector being a significant beneficiary. I commend its continuing efforts to support the children of Jamaica at various levels from early to the tertiary,” Minister Williams added.

Ricardo Allen, CEO of One on One Educational Services Ltd hailed the Bank for its “timely interventional initiative that will offer much needed support to students at this crucial time.” Allen shared that through One on One, the students will have access to a cadre of experienced teachers and incentives to keep them motivated as they study.

Other components of the programme will include skills gap assessments, where all students will be assessed to identify their weak areas and learning gaps to determine their readiness for each subject. The platform will then curate each student’s personalized learning curriculum.

Participants can also access self-paced learning, with on-demand curriculum-based video courses and workshops geared at helping them master academic concepts and overcome any barriers to their success. Workshops on study techniques and exam preparation are also included in the programme.

Since March 2020, Scotiabank has donated over $30 million towards programmes that are helping to combat the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the health and education sectors.

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