Career & Education

Another 168 basic schools to be merged

Chief Education Officer Dr Grace McLean (File photo)

THE Ministry of Education says it plans to rationalise 168 more basic schools during this fiscal year in order to strengthen the early childhood sector. The rationalisation process involves merging clusters of basic schools, as well as subsuming some into infant departments of primary schools. Thi ... Read More

Math Pilot math project for parents starts November
THE Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be implementing its mathematics pilot project ... Read More

Infants from Seaview Basic School in Long Bay, Portland, wait to be picked up from school. Seaview Basic needs assistance to meet government standards
PRINCIPAL of Seaview Basic School in Long Bay, Portland, Claudia Smith, says the school is seeking t ... Read More

Boyd says that he wants to become multilingual and so he has been taking online classes in Mandarin and French. Tacky High student nails 15 CSEC subjects
FINANCIAL struggles coupled with the ill-health of his father forced Devrow Boyd to make tough decis ... Read More

Lee-Chin schools Kingston High students in avenues to success

By Aldane Walters Career & Education writer | Sunday, September 25, 2016    

NCB Chairman Michael Lee-Chin outdid Kingston High student Oluwasina Reid in push-ups, which he used to illustrate the point that one must always strive to be the best. (Photo: Aston Spaulding)

Using the story of his life and how he rose from being a poor boy in Portland to one of the richest men in Jamaica and Canada today as illustration, billionaire businessman and philanthropist Michael Lee-Chin on Wednesday sought to inspire grade 11 students of Kingston High School to greatness. His first lesson was identifying opportunities. The talk was one in a series of motivational sessions dubbed the Chairman’s Forum, which is organised by chairman of the Wolmer’s Trust Milto ... Read More

‘I wasted my time in school, now it’s haunting me’

Carolyn Marie Smith | Sunday, September 25, 2016    

Dear Career Advisor: I hope you can help me and give me some advice after I am finished telling you everything that I failed in life. I went to high school for five years and left with nothing. I did seven CSEC exams and I wasn’t successful in any. All of this happened because I wasted my time at school and now it’s haunting me. My parents never gave up on me and gave me a second chance to do over some subjects. I did five but still wasn’t successful in any. I cried and crie ... Read More

Caribbean has lowest tertiary enrolment in the West

BY GERALD REID Observer writer | Sunday, September 25, 2016    

MCDONALD... any effort to assist students to enrol in a tertiary institution must be lauded

THE Caribbean has the lowest enrolment in tertiary education in the Western Hemisphere, and Jamaica is among those countries with the lowest figures in the region. This is according to principal of The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Professor Archibald McDonald, who put the national tertiary enrolment figure at roughly 10 per cent of the population. Speaking Wednesday at the launch of the 5th staging of the Caribbean Broilers (CB) Group/UWI 5K Run Road Race, he argued that the fig ... Read More

Passion for People

Sunday, September 25, 2016    

J Wray & Nephew has launched a leadership development programme which it says represents the dawn of a new era in people development at the Campari-owned wines and spirits manufacturer. Called the Campari Way of People Management, the programme promises participants that they will ‘emerge proud to be, and recognised as a Campari Manager’, which means, among other things, that they would have “developed greater self-awareness and people management capabilities with an improved ability to manage people and process, and equipped with tools to execute with excellence”. The launch event, a workshop dubbed Passion for People, was held at the company’s corporate office on Dominica Drive in New Kingston on Thursday. Here (from left), minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister Horace Chang, J Wray & Nephew Managing Director Jean-Philippe Beyer, Chief Executive Officer of Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica Dennis Chung, and J Wray & Nephew Chairman Clement ‘Jimmy’ Lawrence exchange pleasantries. (Photo: Garfield Robinson)

J Wray & Nephew has launched a leadership development programme which it says represents the dawn of a new era in people development at the Campari-owned wines and spirits manufacturer. Called the Campari Way of People Management, the programme promises participants that they will ‘emerge proud to be, and recognised as a Campari Manager’, which means, among other things, that they would have “developed greater self-awareness and people management capabilities with an improv ... Read More

SUNY, UWI establish Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development

Sunday, September 25, 2016    

At the launch of the SUNY UWI Center for Leadership & Sustainable Development in New York at the SUNY Global Center on Tuesday are (from left) Merodie Hancock, president, SUNY; Luz Longsworth, principal, Open Campus, UWI; H Carl McCall, SUNY board of trustees chairman; Prof Sir Hilary Beckles, vice chancellor, UWI; Alexander Cartwright, provost; and Ambassador Richard Bernal, pro-vice chancellor, Global Affairs, UWI. The Center, a partnership between the State University of New York (SUNY) and the University of the West Indies (UWI), will provide leadership training and a forum for policy-centered debates and discussion in the pursuit of sustainable development goals.

New York City, USA — The State University of New York (SUNY) and The University of the West Indies (UWI) on Tuesday launched SUNY UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development, which will, among other things, offer double degrees at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and pursue joint research. The centre will be governed by an advisory board of academic experts, foundation and development professionals, and administrative leaders from both institutions. It will begin operat ... Read More

Strategies for successful online learning

Dr Karla Hylton | Sunday, September 25, 2016    

Online learning is increasingly popular around the world and in Jamaica. The term, which is interchangeable with e-learning or electronic learning, refers to learning that takes place via the Internet, through videos, email and discussion threads. While online course content is usually identical to that of a traditional classroom, the usual face-to-face instruction of the traditional classroom is absent. Lectures are sometimes delivered live and learners can participate in the sessions. More ... Read More

Rural students poised for CSEC success in 2017

Sunday, September 25, 2016    

Top boy Nicqus Dwyer collects his prize from JN Foundation’s Chevanese Peters. Nicqus, a student of Mile Gully High School in Manchester, emerged with an average of 87 per cent in mathematics and English language in the Rhodes Scholar-supported TEACH Caribbean programme. In the background is Melecia Doherty, English language teacher, Mile Gully.

Students from four rural non-traditional high schools in St Mary and Manchester seem ready to ace the core subjects in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams next year. They have returned to school more confident, having recorded tremendous improvements in their mathematics and English language performances after participating in a series of summer intervention programmes supported by Rhodes Scholars. The data show that some of them are achieving grades of more than 90 per ... Read More

Living your passion

Sunday, September 25, 2016    

(Photo: Sagicor/Leo Hudson)

Every two years Sagicor hosts a one-day motivational seminar to promote self-development, increase energy and encourage sales team members across the group to work towards achieving business goals. The seminar also serves as a push towards completing the last quarter on a positive financial note. This year’s edition was held at the Jamaica Pegasus last week Saturday under the theme ‘Living Your Passion’. Guest speakers included Kelly Tomblin, CEO, Jamaica Public Service; and No ... Read More

Little Leaders learning kits now being distributed

Friday, September 23, 2016    

Some of the items included in the Little Leaders learning kit.

Distribution of the Little Leaders learning kits to more than 2,500 early childhood institutions commenced Wednesday. The kits, designed and packaged with contents to engage children between the ages of three and six in a fun and creative way, will also provide quality learning experiences to achieve the overall goal of the Little Leaders initiative. Included in the kits are crayons, scissors, and puppets which were packaged by representatives of National Baking Company, the Ministry of Educ ... Read More

It’s illegal to withhold exam results!

Thursday, September 22, 2016    

Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education Dr Maurice Smith addresses members of the PAAC at Gordon House, with him is Chief Education Officer Dr Grace McLean. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

THE Ministry of Education says educational institutions, including universities, that continue to withhold students’ final examination results because of money owing are doing so illegally as the practice is against Government policy. “Terminal examinations are a relationship between the student and the examining body. It is unethical, it is imprudent, it is illegal for administrators to retain the results by virtue of fees being owed. No examination results are to be held because s ... Read More



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