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The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), formed out of a merger of the Child Development Agency and the Office of Children’s Registry, is a leader in Jamaica’s child protection system, with a combined legacy reputation for our work in promoting child-friendly policies and ground-breaking programmes to strengthen families.

The CPFSA is under the purview of the Ministry of Education and Youth and works collaboratively with the OCA, the JCF, and other government agencies.
The Council of Community Colleges of Jamaica (CCCJ) is a statutory agency established in 2001 under the Ministry of Education and Youth, with its mandate formalized by an Act of Parliament. In 2023, the Act underwent an amendment. CCCJ oversees and coordinates the activities of community colleges in Jamaica, with its members representing various education levels, business, and industry.

The Council, formed in July 2002, currently has ten affiliate colleges offering a range of programs, including certificates, diplomas, associates, and baccalaureate degrees. These colleges collaborate with universities, such as the University of the West Indies and the University of Technology, Jamaica, offering professional, franchise, and pre-university courses. CCCJ’s primary functions encompass regulation, promotion, and development in support of its mission to supervise and coordinate the work of community colleges in Jamaica.


The Early Childhood Commission (ECC) was established by the Early Childhood Commission Act (2003), in keeping with the strategic goal of the Government of Jamaica to improve the quality of early childhood care, education and development within the early childhood sector. The ECC, which is an agency of the Ministry of Education, coordinates all activities, development plans and programmes within the early childhood sector. This integrated approach is critical, as it serves to reduce fragmentation and duplication and has placed under one institutional umbrella, the regulations, standards and policies which govern the sector.
The Jamaica Library Service was established in 1948 and provides, under the Ministry of Education and Youth, a Library Service free to the public and to schools island-wide. The organization is managed at two levels through a Central Library Board and a local Committee in each Parish. The Jamaica Library Board is the central statutory body responsible for the island policy and the management and control of a coordinated library service. Similarly, the committee in each parish network provides oversight to the operations in each network.

The organization provides library coverage through an administrative headquarters in Kingston and a network of 111 public libraries, 285 mobile library stops and 898 school libraries throughout the thirteen (13) parishes which are divided into six regions that are aligned to the regional structure of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information.


The Jamaica Teaching Council (JTC) was established as a part of the education transformation strategy to improve the quality and coverage of education nationwide. Its fundamental purpose is to professionalize the teaching profession. The Council advocates for the teaching profession, and its ultimate goal is for the teaching to become the profession of choice.

The Jamaica Tertiary Education Commission (J-TEC) is being established as the regulatory and supervisory body for the tertiary sector based on the Cabinet Decision of 1/11. By way of legislation, J-TEC will be a Commission, that is, a Statutory Body governed by a Board of Commissioners (Directors) appointed by the Honourable Minister of Education.

The National College for Educational Leadership (NCEL), in 2011, was established and given the responsibility to develop excellent leadership in the island’s public and independent schools. It leads strategic initiatives to improve leadership, facilitate the provision of support and create local leadership networks in conjunction with the Ministry’s regional offices and agencies. NCEL serves the developmental needs of school leaders for aspiring, middle leaders, experienced principals and board chairmen.

The National Council on Education (NCE) was established by an Act of Parliament in March 1993. It is a statutory body responsible to the Ministry of Education (MOE). The establishment of the NCE was born out of the need to have a non-partisan, national and strategically placed organization that would ‘address a wide range of issues impacting the education process.’ It therefore reflects an attempt to ensure continuity in educational policy development. It is also intended to contribute to greater community involvement in the management of educational institutions.
In the 2004 report of the National Task Force on Educational Reform, one of the recommendations was that a National Quality Assurance Authority (NQAA) be established, to address the issue of performance and accountability in the educational system. In line with this recommendation, the Government of Jamaica established an independent National Education Inspectorate (NEI)to address the issues identified, and effect changes complementary to the transformation of the education sector.

The mandate of the NEI is to make an assessment of the standards attained by the students in our primary and secondary schools at key points in their education, and to report on how well they perform or improve, as they progress through their school and learning life; and to make recommendations to support improvement in the quality of the provision and outcomes for all learners.

The National Education Trust Limited (NET) is a registered charitable organization and a pivotal agency of the Ministry of Education and Youth, operating under the Government of Jamaica. Established in 2010, NET mobilises financial resources for the education sector, ensuring efficient project delivery and adherence to quality standards. Governed by a distinguished Board of Directors, NET collaborates with the Jamaican Diaspora and other stakeholders to bring transformative impact to under-served areas in the education system.

As the implementing authority for education infrastructure projects, NET coordinates funding from international donors and the GoJ’s education capital budget. Functionally, NET serves stakeholders through specialized units, focusing on infrastructure development, financial management, and garnering endowments.

The National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) is an agency of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information in Jamaica12. It was established to streamline and coordinate parenting programmes in the country3. The NPSC is committed to educating and supporting the parents of the nation’s children.

Nutrition Products Limited (NPL) is a Statutory Body which operates under the portfolio of the Ministry of Education. It was established in 1973 and incorporated as a Limited Liability company in 1974. The Board of Directors sets policies for the company and the day-to-day operations are managed by a team headed by a Chief Executive Officer and his/her Department Managers. The Company is charged with the responsibility for the production and distribution of nutritious snacks to schools island-wide, under a national nutrition programme.

The Overseas Examinations Commission (OEC) is a public entity under the Ministry of Education and Youth in Jamaica1. It was established by an Act of Parliament in 20051. The OEC’s establishment represents the evolutionary journey of its predecessor entities, which dates back to as early as 18871. The OEC’s strategic mission is to efficiently and effectively administer and facilitate access to examinations while providing the relevant support services needed to meet customer1. For over 135 years, the OEC has been in service to the Government and people of Jamaica, and acts as a Proctoring (Supervisory) Body for many Overseas Examining Boards for Secondary and Tertiary Level Education

The University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) is the External Quality Assurance (EQA) body for tertiary education in Jamaica. It is a statutory body currently under the portfolio of the Ministry of Education Youth and Information. The UCJ quality assurance processes include: the registration of institutions, programme readiness assessment, the accreditation of programmes/institutions, recognition of programmes and monitoring.