Careers & Education

Jamaican is Florida Maths Teacher of the Year

Lana Patterson
with her award

PORTLAND, Jamaica-born Lana Patterson has been named 'Broward County Mathematics Teacher of the Year 2014-2015 for Middle Schools'. Broward is a county in the US state of Florida. Patterson, who teaches at William Dandy Middle School in Fort Lauderdale, copped the top prize from a field of 50 aspi ... Read More

Mazie Miller (3rd right) is joined by team members of Grace Kitchens in the ceremonial cutting of a
cake to commemorate her retirement. From left are Sherion Davis, promotions co-ordinator; Carlene
Holness, consumer services co-ordinator; Angella Grandison-Reid, consumer services manager; Shereen Codner, consumer services officer, and Rosemarie Williams, administrative assistant. 'Auntie Mazie' retires
AFTER over 20 years as host of the popular Creative Cooking television show, Executive Chef Mazie Mi ... Read More

The newly opened Monymusk Branch Library in Clarendon is housed in the old Monymusk Estate
tower building. Monymusk library reopens
AFTER being shuttered for more than six years, the Monymusk Branch Library that serves the communiti ... Read More

A parent seeks information from representatives of the
Jamaica Association for Children with Learning Disabilities at
the information fair on caring for children with special needs
hosted by the Ministry of Education at Pembroke Hall Primary
School in St Andrew on Wednesday.
(PHOTO: BYRON BUCKLEY) 'I am motivated...I feel like supermom'
SCORES of parents of children with special needs, who participated in a recent seminar by the Minist ... Read More

Joan Duncan Foundation to award over $1m in new scholarships

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

MAIR...we want to continue
to offer scholarships so that
other youth can fulfil their

THE Joan Duncan Foundation, the philanthropic arm of the JMMB Group, expects to award over $1M in new scholarships for the upcoming academic year, following the opening of its scholarship application process, which runs from March 1 to May 30. "Scholarships are available to well-rounded individuals pursuing studies at the secondary and tertiary level as evidenced by their involvement in school or community activities or a service club, coupled with verifiable financial need and demonstration of ... Read More

NCU awards top Mass Comm students

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

MASS Communication juniors at Northern Caribbean University (NCU) Daniel Nicholas and Anya-Terae Edwards are this year's Burgundy Jacket winners. The Burgundy Jacket is a symbol of academic excellence and has been awarded annually for the past five years by the Department of Communication Studies (DCS) to students with the highest grade point average (GPA) and exemplary citizenship and leadership abilities. Nicholas and Edwards, who are both pursuing a public relations emphasis, have GPAs ove ... Read More

Schools display energy saving designs

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

Students of Brimmervale High
School in St Mary explain their
energy conservation project to
judges of the PCJ’s Schools
Energy Programme Science
Competition at the PCJ
auditorium, two Fridays ago.

TEAMS from 12 schools across the island who redesigned their school buildings and grounds into "green" facilities to meet international standards in energy conversation and efficiency, displayed their entries for judging at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ) auditorium in New Kingston two Fridays ago. It was the science component of the company's 2014/15 Schools Energy Competition, which received 16 entries, the most the PCJ has pulled in since the competition began, in 2003. A total of ... Read More

Motivated or psyched up?

BY JOSEPH ROBINSON | Sunday, March 29, 2015    

THE company I worked for some three years ago recently closed down, possibly because of reduced revenues and ballooning operating expenses, the greatest of which was energy costs. One of my closest friends, an employee there, was about to be without work in an economy with a job market as fruitful as the Sahara Desert. I was concerned about his predicament and expressed this to him. But though he had no immediate job prospect, he had a graceful ease about the whole matter. I wondered if he kne ... Read More

Cambridge, CXC name Annual Jamaica/GraceKennedy Scholarship winners

Sunday, March 29, 2015    

(top row) Romario White, Kaesha Thomas, Clenmar Rowe, Scizar Samuels
(bottom row) Rochelle Knight, John Matthews, Ojae Henry

SEVEN of Jamaica's most outstanding achievers have been selected under the Annual Jamaica/GraceKennedy Scholarship Award. The seven students, who attended high schools in Kingston, St Andrew and Clarendon, were awarded based on their performance in the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) in June 2014, and were selected from a field of 168. They are: * Romario White - Jamaica Male, Campion College * Kaesha Thomas - Jamaica Female, Campion College * Clenmar Rowe - Jamaica Indepen ... Read More

Little Bee 2015 season begins

Sunday, March 22, 2015    

(From left) Young Children Priority One (YCPO) director Adella Campbell, YCPO chairman
Shernette Guthrie, children’s author and guest speaker Kellie Magnus, lieutenant governor Lloyd
Distant and Kiwanis Club of New Kingston president Carmen Dellisser have a conversation about
the booklet from which the students will study. (PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

THE 2015 season of the Little Bee Spelling Competition was formally opened earlier this month, with children's author Kellie Magnus calling on society to find more ways to enhance learning among young children. "The last Survery of Living Conditions showed that with regard to positive interactions at home, three out of 10 Jamaican children are not being read to and four out of 10 of them have no one playing any form of game with them," she said referencing the 2012 edition of the survey. "We a ... Read More

Student fingers greenhouse in agri science success

Sunday, March 22, 2015    

MCKENZIE... I was not
expecting that award at all

TAYLOR McKenzie, the top-performing student in the 2014 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) agricultural science examination believes the recent renovation of a technologically based greenhouse at Manning's School is one of the major factors which allowed her to excel in the subject. According to her, the renovation, which was done last year at a cost of $1.18 million by Food For The Poor and Digicel Foundation, is what motivated her to practice and study for the exam. There was a ... Read More

38,000-plus for GSAT

Sunday, March 22, 2015    

38,000-plus for GSAT

THE Ministry of Education has announced that 38,470 students are confirmed to sit the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) this Thursday, March 26 and Friday, March 27, 2015 in 1,112 centres across the island. There are 18,492 female and 16,804 male candidates. A total of 3,174 registered and eligible students have deferred sitting the examination this year. Chief Education Officer Dr Grace McLean has indicated that the only schools that will be closed during the sitting of the examinations are t ... Read More

Qualified, employed... but unfulfilled

BY JOSEPH ROBINSON | Sunday, March 22, 2015    

Corporate dissonance

I went to school, did a business degree and now three-quarter ways into a job for which I am academically qualified, I am slowly and painfully realising that I am fighting a battle I will neither lose nor win. A battle I will not lose or win, is this professional limbo? On the inside, there is a constant battle between two frames of mind: likened to one person trying to walk left and right at the same time. An impossible position to conquer. I have a big desk, a company-assigned laptop, phone ... Read More

Speak up against sexual harassment — HR officer

Sunday, March 22, 2015    

SEXUAL harassment is any unwelcome, unwanted pressure, or verbal, visual or physical contact of a sexual nature. A human resource professional who opted for anonymity told Career & Education that placing a hand on someone's shoulder can also be interpreted as sexual harassment. "Repeatedly propositioning someone when they have said 'no', questioning or commenting about a person's sexuality, spreading sexual rumours, telling sexually offensive jokes, displaying pictures or magazines that ar ... Read More



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