Career & Education

CAPTAIN of the ship

Shumba Brown leads
the all-boy student
population of just
under 2,000 at
Jamaica College.

C&E: Do you think extra-curricular activities are essential to holistic development of students? SB: They are; not only are they means of physical activity, but they also encourage students to make use of their talents and skills and contribute to gaining organisational skills and experience. ... Read More

Law professor at the University of KwaZuluNatal in South Africa David McQuoid-Mason (right)
presents copies of his book on street law methodologies to director of the Mona Law Institutes
Unit, Dr Christopher Malcolm (centre), last Monday. They were accompanied by (from left) High
Commissioner of South Africa to Jamaica Mathu Joyini, president of the Jamaica Chamber of
Commerce Warren McDonald, and dean of the faculty of law at UWI, Mona Dr Derrick McKoy. UWI to introduce street law programme
THE Mona Law Institutes Unit at the University of the West Indies (UWI) is seeking to roll out a str ... Read More

What is a competency-based interview?
Dear Career Advisor: I applied for a job and have been called in for an interview. The person who ... Read More

Jerry-Neal Richards, research assistant at the Jamaica
Library Service, makes quite a convincing Anancy. 'Old-time STORY'
Students all over the island were treated to traditional Jamaican folklore courtesy of the Jamaica ... Read More

Can't read?

Sunday, November 29, 2015    

BLANCHARD... every parent can help their child to read, even
those parents who are illiterate

WHILE educational development is one of the most fundamental aspects of a parent's obligation to their children, many who are not literate struggle every day because they feel that they have failed. However, educator and principal at Mona Preparatory Carol Blanchard says this does not have to be so. "Every parent can help their child to read, even those parents who are illiterate. Of course, it can be scary (but) you could ask for the assistance of a family member until you feel confident enou ... Read More

¡Feliz Navidad!

Sunday, November 29, 2015    

Students of
Primary perform
a carol.

STUDENTS from more than 10 educational institutions kicked off the Christmas season by participating in the 10th annual Spanish Carol Service on Tuesday. The service aims to foster creative expression in the Spanish language while inspiring children from primary to tertiary levels to put their knowledge of Spanish to practical use. The students sing and worship in Spanish, play musical instruments and interact with Spanish speakers. Performing participants this year included students from the ... Read More


Sunday, November 29, 2015    

The Jamaica Institution of Engineers (JIE) honoured two outstanding students of the University of the West Indies (UWI) and the University of Technology (UTech) at its annual dinner and gala at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Saturday, November 21. Roxann Brown, BSc, Electronics Engineering (UWI) and Romar Williams, BEng, Electrical Engineering (UTech) were lauded as "the most outstanding Jamaican students" in their respective programmes and institutions. Here, they receive the awards from Andre Wh ... Read More

Allow children to be creative

BY PENDA HONEYGHAN Career & Education writer | Sunday, November 29, 2015    

Parents Nadene Palmer (left)
and Gwyneth Grant-Bennett
discuss critical thinking

JUST over 30 parents, teachers and school principals converged at the Paul Robeson Information Resource Centre on at the United States of America Embassy in Kingston two Fridays ago to discuss best practices with parents that could bolster their children's ability to not only read, but also think critically. The discussion, which was a part of a list of activities to mark parents' month, was based on Dr Hal W Lanse's Read Well, Think Well: Build Your Child's Reading and Comprehension and Critic ... Read More

Mean girls

Sunday, November 29, 2015    

The effects of bullying are numerous and can include social withdrawal, low self-esteem and
even suicide on the part of the victim.

THE Internet and the media have intensified our awareness of how prevalent bullying, or being 'mean' is among young people today. It manifests in several ways, including verbal abuse, psychological intimidation and even physical abuse. This global epidemic is also present on our shores and in a study commissioned by the Child Development Agency (July 2015), it was reported that, "64.9 per cent of students reported having 'ever been bullied' with more females than males making these reports (66.9 ... Read More

HEART unveils mobile units in St Thomas

BY RACQUEL PORTER Observer staff reporter | Sunday, November 29, 2015    

Members of the Heart Trust/ NTA walk toward the first mobile career counselling unit at the St Thomas Technical High School, St
Thomas on Wednesday.

DUNKENFIELD, St Thomas on Wednesday became the first community in Jamaica to see the HEART Trust/ NTA mobile training units. The mobile welding laboratory called 'HEART SPARKS' and its mobile career counselling unit called 'Career Coach' was launched under the patronage of Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller, Education Minister Ronald Thwaites and Labour and Social Security Minister and member of parliament for St Thomas western, Dr Fenton Ferguson, at St Thomas Technical High School. The mob ... Read More

Tourism, BPO, logistics jobs on horizon — HEART

Sunday, November 29, 2015    

WESLEY... school managers and educators
will need to take a critical look at their
curricula so that our learners and workers
can take full advantage

DR Wayne Wesley, executive director of the National Training Agency is encouraging educators to prepare students to seize new employment opportunities emerging on the labour landscape. "In recent months, there have been strong indications of significant investments in the tourism, business process outsourcing and logistic sectors," Wesley said. "School managers and educators will need to take a critical look at their curricula so that our learners and workers can take full advantage of these op ... Read More

IDB pumps $3 billion more into education transformation programme

Friday, November 27, 2015    

Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites (left) addresses the signing ceremony for
a loan agreement with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), worth
approximately $3 billion, to support the education sector reform. The signing
gook place at the Ministry of Finance and Planning on Wednesday. Beside
Thwaites is Minister of Health Horace Dalley.

EDUCATION Minister Ronald Thwaites has praised the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP), which he said is progressing well. "...Every index of progress that we want to measure is going in the right direction. We have a long way to go, but we are on the correct path," Thwaites told a signing ceremony for the final of three programmatic policy-based loans (PBLs) with the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) at the Ministry of Finance and Planning in Kingston on Wednesday. The loan, ... Read More

UC Rusal hands out more than $100m in scholarships

Thursday, November 26, 2015    

Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites (left) congratulates recipients of UC Rusal scholarships,
valued at over $100 million, to study in Russia, at the presentation ceremony held Tuesday at the
Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston. At centre is managing director at Alpart, Sergey Kostyuk.

TWENTY-FIVE Jamaicans have been awarded scholarships valued at more than $100 million to study in Russia by aluminium conglomerate UC Rusal, which owns the Alpart and Windalco bauxite companies. The fully funded scholarships are valid for up to six years, and the students will pursue studies in chemical, mining, electrical, instrumental, and mechanical engineering. Awardees are from the Alpart and Windalco-operating areas, and they were selected through a competitive process, which included es ... Read More

Tafar-i Williams aspires to be ambassador

Sunday, November 22, 2015    

Calabar head boy Tafar-i Williams

TAFAR-I Williams, who describes himself as man of God, was made for leadership. He is the kind of person to sit and have a high-level intellectual discussion about the latest current affairs topic. He loves his school, and believes in human development and the improvement of all peoples, regardless of socio-economic background. DOB: July 31, 1997 Notables: * Fourth in CAPE French in island (2015), * First in Jamaica for CSEC French (2014), * Valedictorian of Class of 2014, Calabar High Sch ... Read More



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