The Objective of the Programme for Adolescent Mothers is:
1. To give teenage mothers an opportunity to complete their education.
2. To provide adequate experiences for teenage mothers to re-enter society from a non-disadvantaged position.
3. To provide an integrated programme for Life Skills Training, Family Life, Health, Family Planning, traditional academic and skills training.
4. To reduce the possibility of a second pregnancy before the end of schooling.
5. To develop self-sufficiency skills through income generating activities, e.g. through the skills programme.
Generally, P.A.M. is a two-year academic programme, but its duration is flexible and dependent upon the specific needs of its students. Currently, P.A.M. provides preparation for CSEC, CCSLC and School Leaving examinations.
If a student comes to the programme from Forms 4 or 5, she would continue her CSEC exams preparation path at P.A.M., which results in a one-year enrollment. If she enters the programme from Forms 1, 2, or 3, she remains at P.A.M. during the pregnancy, returning to her original school three months after giving birth (Ministry of Education's Policy on Teen Pregnancy). She also has the option of remaining at P.A.M. until the completion of her secondary education. P.A.M. also provides a skills training programme that enables young women to become more marketable for future employment.
In addition to technical and academic training, the students of P.A.M. can share their knowledge and experiences by becoming pen-pals with adolescents within sister programmes in the United States and Jamaica.
Upon a successful completion of P.A.M., the students graduate and receive assistance with arrangement for further education. In addition, they have the opportunity to join an Ex-Student Body, which would provide them with advice, encouragement and emotional support.
The Programme also Provides: