The Story of Case
CASE has a wonderful history, an exciting present, and a very promising future, and proudly embodies, cherishes, and perpetuates the rich historical legacy of all our illustrious predecessor institutions: Government Farm School (GFS), Jamaica School of Agriculture (JSA), College of Agriculture (COA), and Passley Gardens Teachers' College (PGTC).
Government Farm School: 1910-1942
CASE has its roots in the Government Farm School in Kingston, which started in 1910 at the Hope Estate on the site that currently houses the university of Technology, Jamaica (Utech). 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, a son of the parish of Portland. Among his many contributions to national development this late Jamaican Animal Scientist, 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 Government 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. A Bill 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 institution, which was mandated to carry out teaching, research, and extension programmes in agriculture.
Passley Gardens Teachers' College
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 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 teachers possessing the Certificate in Teacher Education, 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.
The Birth of CASE: 1995-Present
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, this provided the opportunity to create a multi-disciplinary institution aimed at offering high quality, values-based education to its students. 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.