Career & Education

Studying CXC

Sineal Smith (left) and O’Jhai Bailey are the head of the student body at St Jago High this school year.


Photo: Karl McLarty

SCHOOL: ST JAGO HIGH FOUNDED: 1744 ADDRESS: 33 Monk Street, Ravensworth, Spanish Town PO, St Catherine PRINCIPAL: Collette Feurtado-Pryce THE Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC)-administered exams have begun and with it, a fresh wave of questions regarding the validity and integrity of the r ... Read More


Twelve-year-old Amasherka
Nugent receives her
certificate of participation
and successful completion
of the 12-week mentorship
programme, Flourish, from
founder and programme
director Fiona Burke at a
ceremony at the Red Hills
Methodist Church hall, last
week Saturday. Flourish
grooms young girls from Red
Hills, St Andrew, and seeks
to steer them away from
societal ills such as teenage
pregnancy, dropping out of
high school, and general
coarseness.
(Photos: Kenyon Hemans) Flourishing
Twelve-year-old Amasherka Nugent receives her certificate of participation and successful completion ... Read More

Carolyn Marie SMITH Should I put an objective on my résumé?
Dear Advisor: I am an accounting major who is about to enter the job market. Should I include an ob ... Read More

Senior Labour Market Analyst at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security Shaine Palmer addresses students of Holy Trinity High School at the ‘Life After Fifth Form’ career development event at the institution on Thursday.Photo: JIS Life after fifth form
The Ministry of Labour and Social Security is encouraging young people to take advantage of educatio ... Read More

15 benefits of a STEM education

Sunday, May 01, 2016    

STEM
education

STEM scares many students because it is perceived as being too difficult and — tragically —boring. But the truth is that STEM encompasses the most engaging, hands-on subjects in our schools. Strong STEM skills lead to more beautiful art, more engrossing performances, and more polished productions. STEM classes develop those soft skills that so many careers need, and so many students lack — skills like communication, problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, and data anal ... Read More

PCC Old Harbour opens renovated hospitality centre

Sunday, May 01, 2016    

Immediate past principal of Portmore Community College Karen Kennedy (left) and her successor, Corrine Richards, cut the ribbon at the front of the Hospitality and Tourism Centre to signal its official opening. (Photo: Graffiti Entertainment Media Services)

The events planning and management skills of the year-two hotel and tourism management students of Portmore Community College’s (PCC) Old Harbour Campus were put on display Wednesday with the grand launch of their newly renovated Hospitality and Tourism centre. The facility has been equipped with industrial equipment that will expose students to world-class techniques necessary for their professional development. “The growth of the Old Harbour campus from a place of very limited r ... Read More

Mico studies effect of SKE on maths performance

Sunday, May 01, 2016    

(From Left) Elizabeth Holland, SKE Support at Plymouth University; Prof Burghes, director of the Centre of Innovation in Mathematics Teaching at Plymouth University; and Shandelene Binns-Thompson, project director at the Mico University College visits with teachers from Allman Town Primary School involved in the Mathematics Online Programme.

The Mico University College in partnership with Plymouth University and Sterling Asset Management has designed and implemented a pilot project to investigate the role of Subject Knowledge Enhancement (SKE) in solving the low performance in mathematics in four primary schools — Allman Town Primary, Elleston Primary and Infant, John Mills Infant, Primary and Junior High, and Mico Practising Primary and Junior High. The project features an online programme that allows participating teachers ... Read More

Learn through writing

Dr Karla Hylton | Sunday, May 01, 2016    

We live in a fast-paced, technological world where laptops, smartphones, tablets and PCs are the order of the day. If one wants to jot down a note, a device is usually chosen to do the job, while the notepad and pen represent relics of the past. Handwriting is often perceived as arduous and time-consuming. Many students defer writing notes in class and rely instead on auditory memory. A few others go home and type their own notes. But handwriting is a skill not to be shunned, as the pen has b ... Read More

Minister happy with return of Clarendon school bus service

Friday, April 29, 2016    

Education Minister Ruel Reid

EDUCATION Minister Ruel Reid yesterday welcomed the decision of the Ministry of Transport to restart the school bus service in Clarendon following the motor vehicle crash involving several students of the Garvey Maceo High School earlier this year. At the same time, Minister Reid, in expressing concern about the safety of students using public transportation, cautioned transport operators to take better care of the nation’s children during commute. He also wished a speedy recovery for st ... Read More

Boards now in place for agencies of Ministry of Education

Friday, April 29, 2016    

BITU president, Senator Kavan Gayle

THE education ministry yesterday released the names of chairmen appointed to several agencies within the ministry. They are: Nicholas Scott — National Education Trust; Warren Newby — Jamaica Foundation for Life Long Learning; Alphansus Davis — Teachers Appeal Tribunal; Maxine Wilson — HEART Trust/NTA Orville Beckford— Community Colleges of Jamaica; Paul Lalor — Jamaica Library Service; Senator Kavan Gayle — Apprenticeship Board; and Dr Carolyn ... Read More

Do school devotions infringe on personal freedoms?

Sunday, April 24, 2016    

Holy Childhood’s long uniform skirts showcased here by (from left) 1st Deputy Head Girl Rashaine Bean, Head Girl Analyse Parchment, and 2nd Deputy Head Girl Nastacia McFarlane, is a source of controversy.Photo: Bryan Cummings

FOUNDED: January 21, 1937 PRINCIPAL (acting): A Coghiel ADDRESS: 9 Skibo Avenue, Kingston 10 POPULATION: Over 1,700 students THE separation of church and State is a controversial subject that has implications for all facets of society, including the education sector, where some of the arguments are whether mandatory attention and participation in devotions and other religious observances are in violation of students’ universal rights for religious freedom. We put this and other issue ... Read More

Former barber, factory worker is Maths Teacher of the Year

Sunday, April 24, 2016    

The Ministry of Education’s Maths Teacher of the Year Oneal McLeod, sets out the objectives of his trigonometry lesson for the day.JNBS

ASK any student from third to fifth form at Godfrey Stewart High School in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmoreland, about a teacher they know as Mr McLeod and you’ll hear how he makes the subject of mathematics easy and relatable. “When he’s teaching maths he makes it simple because he relates it to things you know,” says Cammelo White a fourth former. Another fourth former, Carl Russell, says: “Say, for example, ratios and substitution, Sir. He uses football to help you to ... Read More

Signs you might be losing your job

Carolyn Marie Smith | Sunday, April 24, 2016    

Carolyn Marie SMITH

Dear Career Advisor: I am seeking your advice on a matter. I have been on this, my first job, for a little under two years. I have been enjoying the job; however, recently there have been a few incidents that are a bit perplexing. My salary cheque bounced twice in three months, and each time it took nearly two weeks to get a replacement cheque. The accountant seems to be dodging daily suppliers, and I overheard a co-worker say that we recently lost a big contract. My spouse thinks it’s ti ... Read More

Learning the ropes

Sunday, April 24, 2016    

The Observer played host to a group of grade 11 students from Central High School last Wednesday. The students, who travelled from May Pen, Clarendon, learned first-hand about different types of writing, the editorial and advertising processes, and toured some of the newspaper’s key departments.  Here, they record the occasion in the company of one of their teachers, Juliet Jackson (right).Photo: Antonio Graham

The Observer played host to a group of grade 11 students from Central High School last Wednesday. The students, who travelled from May Pen, Clarendon, learned firsthand about different types of writing, the editorial and advertising processes, and toured some of the newspaper’s key departments. Here, they record the occasion in the company of one of their teachers, Juliet Jackson (right). (Photo: Antonio Graham) Read More



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