Career & Education

Denbigh High wins Caribbean Child Research award for fifth year

Nicholas Nelson, sixth-form student at Denbigh High, is flanked by coaches Janice Julal and Everton Annakie.Observer

MAY PEN, Clarendon — Denbigh High School sixth form student Nicholas Nelson emerged winner of the 11th staging of the Caribbean Child Research Conference held in Mandeville earlier this month. It’s the fifth victory for Denbigh in six years. In addition to being named the 2016 Outstand ... Read More

25 chase US$75,000 in CARICOM-based mobile app competition
US$75,000 in cash and prizes will be up for grabs when teams from Jamaica and Trinidad, which togeth ... Read More

Government names youth advisory council
BETWEEN the newly established National Youth Advisory Council and the recently reintroduced National ... Read More

UK, US or Canada?
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HEART launches upskilling programme

BY PENDA HONEYGHAN Career & Education writer honeyghanp@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, November 27, 2016    

The HEART Trust NTA corporate office at the Edward Seaga Building in New Kingston

THE dynamism of the workspace, characterised by constant change especially in the context of technology and competition on the global market, is the reason that underpins the HEART Trust/NTA’s decision to partner with the Joint Committee for Tertiary Education (JCTE) in launching the Upskilling and Retooling programme. Launched at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel two Fridays ago, the programme was designed to enhance marketplace productivity by ensuring that employers, employees, retirees, stude ... Read More

Digicel Foundation launches phase three of mobile science lab initiative

Sunday, November 27, 2016    

Head of the science department at Jose Marti Technical High School, Lenford Johnson (left), and Director of Operations at Digicel Foundation Dane Richardson look on, as student Mackayda McDermott explains a chemistry experiment done using equipment in the mobile science laboratory at the launch of Phase 3 of the programme on Thursday, November 17 at the school.Observer

Nine high schools will receive a major boost to their science programmes with the gift of state-of-the-art mobile science labs from the Digicel Foundation. This adds to the 32 which have already been outfitted with the modern hi-tech facilities. The announcement was made at Jose Marti Technical High School on Thursday, November 10 at the launch of phase three of the Foundation’s Mobile Science Lab Programme, which began in 2014. Phases one and two have impacted over 3,000 students in Gr ... Read More

Should I use a video résumé?

Carolyn Marie Smith | Sunday, November 27, 2016    

Dear Career Advisor: Will a video résumé enhance my chances of landing a job? I am a recent graduate who has been seeking employment in Jamaica, the Caribbean and in North America, for almost a year now, but without success. I’ve even begun the process of applying for my Caricom Skills Certificate. A friend suggested that I use a video résumé instead of the traditional résumé, do you think I should? Yours truly, Lance W Dear Lance: A video r& ... Read More

Single-sex primary education?

BY ALDANE WALTERS Career & Education writer | Sunday, November 27, 2016    

Information Minister Senator Ruel Reid reading the first lesson

DESPITE clear evidence that males and females learn differently, and in spite of continuing challenges with the performance of male students, separating the sexes doesn’t appear to be the answer, according to some leading educators. In Jamaica, some of the most successful high schools have been single-sex institutions. At the primary level, however, with the exception of all-girl Immaculate Preparatory, there are no single-sex schools. “The [performance by sex] gaps in GSAT (Grade Six Achievement Test ... Read More

Digicel awards first ‘Girls in ICT’ scholarship

Sunday, November 27, 2016    

Davia Smith (left), the first recipient of the Digicel Business ‘Girls in ICT’ Scholarship, receives a package from Lesley Miller, head of business strategy and assurance at Digicel Business.Observer

Eighteen-year-old Davia Smith from Bamboo, St Ann, can now pursue a career in information technology with some financial relief, thanks to the Digicel Business ‘Girls in ICT’ scholarship. “This scholarship removes a huge burden for me,” Smith shared. “I was determined to go to university and study so I had applied for a student loan. But now I don’t have to rely on them for all the funding and that’s a huge relief because it’s not so stressing now ... Read More

JPS to cover CSEC exam costs for electrical, electronic tech

Sunday, November 27, 2016    

Education, Youth and Information Minister Ruel Reid (centre) and some of the beneficiary students participate Tuesday in the symbolic handover of a cheque by the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) Foundation to the Overseas Examinations Commission (OEC) to cover examination fees for students sitting Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate Electrical and Electronic Technology in June. Occasion was the launch of the JPS Foundation CSEC Electrical and Electronic Technology Exam Fee Sponsorship Initiative at St George’s College. Other participants are JPS Foundation Manager Jacinth Morgan Collie (left); JPS President and Chief Executive Officer Kelly Tomblin
(fifth left); JPS Foundation Chairman-elect and JPSCo Vice-President for Customer Service and Communication Keith Garvey (6th left); OEC Deputy Director Sharon Burnett (fourth right); Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Dean-Roy Bernard (third right).Observer

Students who will be sitting the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) Electrical and Electronic Technology examination in June will have the cost covered by the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) Foundation. The foundation will pay more than $1.36 million to the Overseas Examinations Commission (OEC), which administers CSEC in Jamaica, on behalf of 426 students from 30 schools across the island. The JPS Foundation CSEC Electrical and Electronic Technology Exam Fee Sponsorship Initiative ... Read More

PHOTO: Deaf children get tablet computers

Monday, November 21, 2016    

Dr Paul Golding (third left), dean, College of Business and Management, University of Technology, Jamaica, presents a tablet computer to Lister Mair Gilby High School student Lorraine Strachan (second left) during a presentation ceremony at the school recently.  Golding handed over a first set  of 100 tablets to teachers and students, which will be used with the innovative e-learning multimedia software, U-Touch. The software was developed by Golding and a research team to aid deaf and hearing-impaired students to understand prepositions and conjunctions to enhance their reading and comprehension skills. Sharing in the presentation from left are Carol Williams, teacher, and Audrey Watson, principal.

Dr Paul Golding (third left), dean, College of Business and Management, University of Technology, Jamaica, presents a tablet computer to Lister Mair Gilby High School student Lorraine Strachan (second left) during a presentation ceremony at the school recently. Golding handed over a first set of 100 tablets to teachers and students, which will be used with the innovative e-learning multimedia software, U-Touch. The software was developed by Golding and a research team to aid deaf and hearing-imp ... Read More

Teaching success: The Lance McFarlane story

BY ALDANE WALTERS Career & Education writer | Sunday, November 20, 2016    

Lance McFarlane, who didn't want to become a teacher, has enjoyed much success in the classroom. (Naphtali Junior)

LANCE McFarlane —the teacher who led an entire class of fourth-formers in an accelerated exam programme at Wolmer’s Girls’ to grade one in maths this year — began his teaching career as a matter of circumstance. It was in 2008, his fifth year at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, struggling to complete a bachelor’s degree in electronics and computer science, with the Students’ Loan Bureau breathing down his neck. “I needed a job. I was looki ... Read More

Econ lecturer takes 2017 Rhodes Scholarship

BY ALDANE WALTERS Career & Education writer | Sunday, November 20, 2016    

Governor General Sir Patrick Allen (eight left) addresses the cohort of shortlisted 2017 Rhodes Scholarship applicants (from 3rd left) Janelle Walker, Michael Basir, Jermaine Brown, Franz Brown, Peta-Gay Facey, (from fifth right) Jessica Yapp, Shakeba Foster, Jacob Phillips, Jordan Carty and Shaniel Grant and selection committee members (from extreme left) Archibald McDonald, CD, Paul Lalor and Peter Goldson (sixth right). (Lionel Rookwood)

When economics educator Shakeba Foster applied to the Jamaica Rhodes Scholarship Committee earlier this year, the only people she told about it were her aunts with whom she lives and a few close friends. She didn’t want to potentially disappoint people, she said, especially not her mother who she described as “a crier”. “In the back of my mind there was some doubt that I would get it even though I fit the academic criteria. Even on the day when I stepped into the (inter ... Read More

Denise Daley is Young Scientist of the Year

BY PENDA HONEYGHAN Career & Education writer honeyghanp@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, November 20, 2016    

Dr Denise Daley poses with her 2016 Young Scientist of the Year Award at Wednesday evening’s National Medal for Science Technology and Innovation award ceremony at the Pegasus. (Naphtali Junior)

As the years passed, Daley’s interest deepened, ultimately settling on the use of plants as medicine. Her efforts culminated on Wednesday, when the National Commission on Science and Technology named her - a pharmacognosist (natural product scientist) and programme director at the College of Health Sciences at the University of Technology, Jamaica - Young Scientist of the Year 2016 for her work with the eucalyptus plant. “I always loved plants, but in second form my biology teacher ... Read More



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