Career & Education

Saluting those who have served education

Rev Canon Peter Alexander Mullings gets a kiss from Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller

Several Jamaicans were presented with the Prime Minister's Medal of Appreciation for Service to Education at a function held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in St Andrew last Wednesday. The Jamaica Observer was there and shares some of the action with you: (PHOTOS: MICHAEL GORDON) Read More

The six students of Mannings Hill Primary School in rural St Andrew who recorded exceptionally high scores in the Grade Six Achievement Test this year. From
left, they are Dainalissa Saddler, Crystal Francis, Tahjay McKenson, Britney Gayle, Ackera Bogle and in the back, Pahjay Plunkett. (PHOTO: KIMONE THOMPSON) Top of the Hill
IF you round up by 1.8 percentage points at the most, Mannings Hill Primary in rural St Andrew would ... Read More

Julae Duncan (left) and her bestie Sheniel McKnight are both heading to Wolmer’s Girls’ School
in September. Julae scores 99.8!
CRYING and shaking was how Marie Noyan reacted when her daughter Julae Duncan called to report that ... Read More

The National Youth Service (NYS) team (from left), acting programmes director Naketa West,
deputy director of community services Nickesha Lindsay, chairperson of the NYS Maureen
Webber, and director of community services Omar Newell. (PHOTO: ANTONIO GRAHAM) National Youth Service awards arts fellowships
THE National Youth Service, in its bid to diversify its offerings to the young people who make use o ... Read More

Is sixth form necessary?

Carolyn Marie SMITH | Sunday, June 28, 2015    

Dear Career Advisor: Good day to you. My aunt, who is a school teacher and who has provided some assistance for my schooling, is urging my mother to insist that I go to sixth form. Is it necessary? I don't want to remain in the high school environment. What should I do? Yours truly, Kurt B Dear Kurt: The decision as to whether or not you do a sixth form programme is often one of the major career decisions a teenager needs to make. It needs to be weighed against your short and medium term ca ... Read More

Scotia increases GSAT scholarships

Sunday, June 28, 2015    

SCOTIA Foundation will this year increase the number of Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) scholarships it awards, from 15 to 22. The increase will see an additional 10 scholarships going to inner-city schools. This brings the total number of inner-city beneficiaries to 20 out of the 22 to be issued. The scholarships, dubbed the 'Shining Star Awards', are valued at $225,000 over five years to cover high school tuition and books for the recipients. The foundation said the increase was as a resul ... Read More

Papine High School celebrates 'firsts'

Sunday, June 28, 2015    

Before God and All Mankind: Students of Papine High school stand at attention to recite the national pledge during school assembly.

THERE is a buzz at Papine High School in St Andrew: the school is increasing the number of subjects offered at Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), and it is participating in a range of arts, music and sporting events -- all with a view to making the institution a school of choice in the Corporate Area. Earlier this month, a cohort of 14 students sat CSEC physics, a first for the school. The accomplishment was the culmination of an informal three-year mentorship programme spearhead ... Read More


Sunday, June 28, 2015    


From the looks on their faces, these members of St Catherine High School’s Graduating Class of 2015 — (from left) Moesha Wollery, Chevannese McDonald and Brandon Morris — have conquered many a hurdle as per the school motto: prayer and work conquer all. The graduation ceremony was held on the grounds of the Spanish Town-based school on Thursday. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Congrats, graduates! --> Read More

No work experience? Check the NYS

Sunday, June 28, 2015    

WEST... we ensure that during this period they are being
moulded not just as it relates to their technical fields, but as it
relates to personal development and employability skills as well

COLLEGE graduates who have difficulty securing employment due to little or no experience in their area of study may have now found a saving grace through the National Youth Service (NYS) and its six-month Graduate Work Experience Programme (GWEP). "We try to facilitate a match with what they have studied and place them in an opportunity where they can practice or gain some skills from somebody who is actually supervising them on site to coach them on the job," Naketa West, acting programmes dir ... Read More

Well done!

Sunday, June 28, 2015    

Well done!

Thirteen of the 16 students who were presented with $15,000-bursaries from Massy Distributors based on their Grade Six Ahievement Test (GSAT) performance display their award certificates at the company's Carifta Avenue office in Kingston on Thursday afternoon. They were joined by (back row, from second left) human resource manager Sharon Laidlaw, CEO Richard Barrow, and principal of Ardenne High School Nadine Molloy. Six of the students are children of Massy employees, while the others attend ... Read More

El Shaddai's vindication

BY ALDANE WALTERS Career & Education writer | Saturday, June 27, 2015    

Principal of El Shaddai Learning Centre Velma Woodfine (centre) is surrounded by her all-star grade six class: (back from
left) Jakeem English and Sonita Birthwright, and (front, from left) Julae Duncan, Zhuri McEwan, Sheniel McKnight and
Keziah Palmer. Missing is Jamilla Frankson. (PHOTOS: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

PRINCIPAL Vilma Woodfine and the staff of independent school El Shaddai Learning Centre are feeling vindicated this year, after an excellent showing by the Grade Six Achievement Test cohort, all of whom have been placed at traditional high schools of their first choice. The school, located in Portmore, St Catherine was, in February last year slapped with a cease and desist order from the Portmore Municipal Court after the Portmore Municipal Council initiated complaints and subsequent legal proc ... Read More

The perfect gift for Burnt Savannah Primary

KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor -- Features | Sunday, June 21, 2015    

Burnt Savannah
Primary’s star student
based on the 2015 GSAT
results, Alecia Ricketts.

HOW do you gift a school on the occasion of its 100th anniversary? Judging from Alecia Ricketts' Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) performance, a perfect GSAT score may just be the thing. Ricketts, 12, is the first student of Burnt Savannah Primary in St Elizabeth to have scored 100 per cent in all five of the GSAT disciplines -- mathematics, science, social studies, language arts, and communication task. "I worked hard for it," Alecia told the Jamaica Observer by phone on Friday. Her mothe ... Read More

In daddy's footsteps

Sunday, June 21, 2015    

Christopher & Richard James
Mayberry Investments Limited

In tribute to dads this Father's Day, we feature children who, by virtue of their father's direct or indirect influence on their lives, are either working in the same company as their dads or in the same profession. We've got journalists, pastors, doctors, and insurance agents and investments agents. RICHARD AND CHRISTOPHER JAMES Mayberry Investments Limited Richard James, 57, started with the company as a security guard 10 years ago. He now serves the organisation as a bearer and is delight ... Read More

GSAT scores improve — Ministry

Sunday, June 21, 2015    

MCLEAN... more students
have done exceptionally well
in communication task

NOTWITHSTANDING the growing number of references to students who aced all five disciplines in this year's Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) in traditional and social media, the Ministry of Education says it is not yet in a position to say if more students got perfect scores this year compared to last year, as it is still doing its satistical analysis. It said, however, that with the exception of mathematics, there has been improvement in all subject areas, some more significant than others. Spe ... Read More



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