Career & Education

No need to close schools

Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites (right) addresses a joint
press conference with Health Minister Dr Fenton Ferguson (2nd
right) at the education ministry’s Heroes Circle offices on
Friday. At left is Chief Medical Officer Dr Marion Bullock

HEALTH and education officials say the schools affected by the current outbreak of hand foot and mouth disease have followed the established protocols, hence there is no need to overreact and shut down these institutions in entire regions. Opposition spokesperson on education Senator Kamina Johnson ... Read More

THWAITES... too many maths and science teachers do not have the requisite qualifications
teaching in these areas Schools get metal detectors
THE Ministry of Education on Tuesday handed over 135 metal detectors to secondary schools across the ... Read More

Head boy Aldane Walters (right) and deputy head boy Louis Davis join Principal Dr Walton Small.
(PHOTOS: BRYAN CUMMINGS) Jamaica Observer's teenAGE writers are head boy, Deputy of Wolmer's
NOT one, but two members of the Jamaica Observer's teenAGE writers club -- Aldane Walters and Louis ... Read More

Agriculture contributes over six per cent to Jamaica’s gross domestic product. Dynamic career, entrepreneurial opportunities in agriculture
IT'S the time of year when third formers will begin to think seriously about what careers they want ... Read More

Against the odds

PENDA HONEYGHAN Observer writer | Sunday, September 27, 2015    

INVERDALE... there will always be a time when you say to yourself, ‘mi caan
bada enuh’, but find something that inspires you to be great

LIVING in a household of 17 does not often allow quiet time or private study time. But for 17-year-old Andre Inverdale, it provided a team of strong support. Distractions, competing activities, noise, numerous visitors, notwithstanding, Inverdale attributes his academic success to the ever-circling presence of his extended family and his promise to them to always pursue excellence. The Ardenne High School student earned nine subjects in the 2015 sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Examination ... Read More

Five STEM careers you should be preparing for

Sunday, September 27, 2015    

Five STEM careers you
should be preparing for

IN last week's issue, we quoted Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites advising young people to plan for jobs in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). Sure, a lot of those jobs don't exist right now, but if current trends hold, pretty soon there will be plenty of jobs that are not only lucrative, but fun too. If you have the vision to start prepping now, pretty soon you could be flying starships, designing organs, developing drones, even building hotels on Mars! W ... Read More

Mobile science labs for 15 more schools

Sunday, September 27, 2015    

Biology/chemistry teacher at Hampton School, Kerry-Ann Rosegreen, and her students (from left)
Reania Francis, Nyoka Forbes and Danevia Williams work in the mobile science lab donated by
the Digicel Foundation. Hampton was among the recipients in Phase 1 of the initiative.

FIFTEEN high schools will this academic year be presented with mobile science labs, in keeping with the Digicel Foundation's focus on creating more opportunities for practical teaching and learning experiences around science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) subjects in secondary schools. The schools -- Wolmer's Girls', Kingston High, Norman Manley High, Convent of Mercy Academy (Alpha), Papine High, Bridgeport High, José Marti Technical High, Robert Lightbourne High, Seafor ... Read More

INSIGHTS turns 1!

Sunday, September 27, 2015    

Professor Sandee McClowry with the puppets used in teaching.

INSIGHTS Jamaica - an early childhood intervention programme which teaches parents and teachers how to use responsive behaviour management strategies that match children's temperament or personality -- celebrated its first anniversary on September 17. The programme is being spearheaded and tested in schools by the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona. INSIGHTS Jamaica is the Caribbean version of INSIGHTS, conceptualised and run by New York University Professor Sandee McClowry. That versio ... Read More

Ahead of the class

Sunday, September 27, 2015    

Wolmer’s head boy
Aldane Walters writes
for the Jamaica
Observer. (PHOTO:

Wolmer's head boy Aldane Walters (right) and Deputy Head Boy Louis Davis are members of the Jamaica Observer's teenAGE writers club. (PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS) Ahead of the class --> Read More

Thwaites celebrates Canada partnership

Sunday, September 27, 2015    

Education Minister Ronald Thwaites

EDUCATION Minister Ronald Thwaites has hailed Jamaica's long-standing academic relations with Canada which enable local students to pursue tertiary training in that country. Speaking at a Jamaica-Canada alumni reception at the Spanish Court Hotel, New Kingston, on Tuesday, Thwaites said the association dates back to the early 20th century. "Long before 1948, when the University of the West Indies (UWI) marked the beginning of tertiary education at the degree level in Jamaica...and long before ... Read More

How much will my take-home pay be?

Carolyn Marie SMITH | Sunday, September 27, 2015    

Dear Career Advisor: I recently graduated from college and will be starting my first job on the first of October. I have been made a reasonable salary offer, for which I am grateful. I am not, however, clear as to how much will actually be my take-home pay. I know I will have to pay income tax. How much will this be and what else if anything will I need to pay? Yours truly, Vanessa Dear Vanessa: Congratulations on landing your first job and on taking the initiative to try to forecast and p ... Read More

Keen Readers

Sunday, September 27, 2015    


Children from Epsom Basic School in Portmore, St Catherine were happy to receive books and stationery items last week from Crayons Count, sponsored by National Baking Company Foundation. The National Baking Foundation is currently distributing kits to 2,500 basic schools across the island. This is the fourth year of sponsorship for the Portmore school, which includes a specialist teacher and a mobile unit. KEEN READERS --> Read More

Jelani Walker gets Don Wehby award

Sunday, September 27, 2015    

SIXTH form student at St George's College Jelani Walker has been awarded the inaugural Don Wehby Scholarship for Excellence in Sports and Academics. The award was made on September 8, at the St George's Founder's Day service at the Holy Trinity Cathedral. It follows a promise that Wehby, an 'old boy' of the North Street school, made back in July during the school's graduation ceremony. He issued a call then for more individuals to get involved in the development of their alma mater, and pledge ... Read More

Study in Mexico!

Sunday, September 27, 2015    

AJ Nicholson

The Government of Mexico is urging more Jamaicans to take up scholarships in the central American country. In a meeting with Jamaica's foreign minister Arnold J Nicholson earlier this month, Deputy Minister for Latin America and the Caribbean in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Mexico Ambassador Flores Liera, highlighted the bilateral cooperation agreement through which Jamaican nationals may access scholarships for Master's or PhD degrees, and to complete programmes of specialisation and p ... Read More



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