History Of The College
The College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) is nestled on a 254-hectare campus caressed by the lush green hillsides and pristine coastline of the parish of Portland in eastern Jamaica. CASE is a multi-disciplinary institution offering training in education, agriculture, management sciences and natural sciences to young men and women in Jamaica and the wider Caribbean. Imbued with the caring and dedication of its predecessors, the Government Farm School, the Jamaica School of Agriculture; and later the College of Agriculture and the Passley Gardens Teachers’ College, CASE hopes to train a new generation of Jamaicans, dedicated to a healthy, prosperous and productive Jamaica.
Farm School: 1910-1942
The college has its roots in the Government Farm School in Kingston, which started in 1910 at Hope on the site, which currently houses the University of Technology. At its inception, the school’s aim was to train approximately 12 young men enrolled at the time in the “art and science of agriculture”. In its first decade, the school produced the likes of Dr. T. P. Lecky, the late Jamaican Animal Scientist who developed the Jamaica Hope and Jamaica Black breeds of cattle. The Jamaica Hope was named after the site of the Agricultural School and Government Research Station.
Jamaica School of Agriculture: 1942-1981
In 1942, the Farm School was renamed Jamaica School of Agriculture (JSA) and in 1957 relocated to Twickenham Park, Spanish Town, the old capital of Jamaica. In 1968, more than a half-century after the school opened its doors, the first female batch of students was admitted. Today, more than half the student population of CASE is female. An Act to repeal the JSA Act, tabled in Parliament in 1981, saw the closure of the Jamaica School of Agriculture, and preparation for the birth of a new institution.
College of Agriculture: 1981-1995
The College of Agriculture, located in Passley Gardens, Portland was established as a replacement institution for the JSA. The College of Agriculture Scheme Order of 1981 gave birth to the new College of Agriculture. The institution was mandated to carry out teaching, research, and extension programmes in agriculture.
Passley Gardens Teachers’ College: 1981 – 1995
The Passley Gardens Teachers’ College (PGTC) was established in 1981 to offer Teacher Training to individuals in Portland and its environs. The College initially offered the Joint Board of Teacher Education (JBTE) Diploma in Primary Education and later in 1994 the Diploma in Secondary Education with special emphasis on Science, Mathematics and Computer Studies. 1984 saw the College graduating its first cohort of students. The College subsequently went on to deliver the Post Certificate Programme to then certified teachers who desired to upgrade their qualification to the Diploma in Education. The Early Childhood Education Programme which targeted individuals employed in Infant Schools was offered at the College as well.
In 1995, based on a recommendation of the Sherlock Report, the COA was merged with the PGTC into one institution: the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE). With both institutions sharing the same location, the opportunity offered an ideal partnership for an institution aiming to offer the best education to its students.
Some Milestones and Significant Achievements
- August 1997: ASc in Natural Science programme launched
- March 2000: The UWI and UTech approved the ASc in Natural Science for Articulation of graduates into their related Bachelor’s Degree programmes
- August 2000: Community College Programmes officially launched
- February 2001: NCU approved the ASc in Natural Science for Articulation of graduates into their related Bachelor’s Degree programmes
- August 2001: Bachelor of Technology programmes launched
- September 2002: CASE wins Life Insurance Companies Association’s Vivian Rochester Memorial Mathematics Competition, in the College category.
- January 2002: CASE acquired a 100-acre commercial farms at Spring Gardens, Buff Bay, Portland
- November 2002: “Hopeton Fraser Well” was commissioned and named in honor of the then President
A Unique Institution
Among tertiary educational institutions in Jamaica, CASE is distinctly unique: it is the only tertiary institution dedicated to the training of students in the “art and science” of agriculture and allied disciplines. This represents CASE’s niche – the space to develop truly creative and innovative academic programmes that are aligned with its mandate, human and physical resource capabilities, and national imperatives.
The College is located 1.5 Km west of Port Antonio, the capital of Portland – Jamaica’s most beautiful parish.