Career & Education

Gov’t to remove barriers to tertiary education — Green

Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, speaks at the 15th annual East Central St. James Education Trust’s tertiary scholarship awards ceremony, held at the IberoStar Resort in Rose Hall, St. James, on August 23.

Minister of State in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Floyd Green says the Government, through the ministry, is working to eliminate barriers which continue to prevent qualified students from matriculating to tertiary institutions. Green, who was speaking at the 15th annual East Cen ... Read More

Education Minister Ruel Reid greets some of the Victoria Mutual Building Society bursary awardees at the Knutsford Court Hotel last Friday. ‘Make use of your headstart’
USING Justin Gatlin’s failed attempt to win the gold medal in the 100m final at the recent Rio ... Read More

Winners, parents, teachers and sponsors gather on the steps of King’s House after the JIS 2015 Heritage Essay and Poster competitions award ceremony. JIS seeks submission for annual heritage competition
The Jamaica Information Service ( JIS ) has launched its inaugural Heritage Photo Competition under ... Read More

Senator Ruel Reid 700 school principals get training
MINISTER of Education, Youth and Information Senator Ruel Reid says that, in order to maintain stron ... Read More

Sagicor awards scholarships to 44

Friday, August 26, 2016    

The 44 outstanding GSAT and tertiary awardees of the 2016 Sagicor Foundation scholarship programme with members of the Sagicor Foundation Board of Directors R Danny Williams (eighth left), Richard Byles (centre in glasses), Stephen Facey (right, back row) and in front of him Chantal Hylton Tonnes. The recipients were honoured at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel yesterday. The 44 students received Sagicor scholarships for the 2016/17 academic year totalling over $15 million.

Sagicor Foundation yesterday presented 44 scholarships to outstanding GSAT and tertiarylevel students at its Scholarship Awards Ceremony at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston. Sagicor’s Public Relations and Corporate Social Responsibility Manager Nadene Newsome explained that more than 500 tertiary applications were received. “After a process of shortlisting and several interviews, the scholars were selected on the basis of academic merit, leadership, community involvement, an ... Read More

Global group donates 1,000 pieces of furniture to education ministry

Thursday, August 25, 2016    

Senior Education Officer at the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Paul Ashley (left), and Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Joseph Assignment Global Initiative (JAGI) Dr Alexis Felder display the receipt for more than 1,000 pieces of school furniture that the group presented to the ministry at its Heroes Circle offices, on Tuesday.

The education sector has received more than 1,000 pieces of school furniture from the Joseph Assignment Global Initiative (JAGI). They were handed over by representatives of the group to officials of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, at its Heroes Circle offices in Kingston on Tuesday. Commending JAGI for its work across the globe to make education and other amenities accessible to the most needy, senior education officer at the ministry Paul Ashley said the gift is a boost for ... Read More

$20 million allocated for placement of special needs children in schools

Thursday, August 25, 2016    

A child with special needs (File Photo)

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Minister of Education Senator Ruel Reid has announced that resources for the National Standard curriculum is among the areas that will benefit from an additional funding of $396 million allocated for primary schools for this upcoming school year. “...In addition, for this upcoming school year, additional funding support to the tune of $396 million will be provided for areas including resources for the National Standard curriculum, the provision of clerical as ... Read More

The ‘taxbreakonaire’ - Kingsley Morgan’s love affair with the written word

BY PENDA HONEYGHAN Career & Education writer honeyghanp@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, August 21, 2016    

Integrated marketing honours graduate Kingsley MorganPhoto: Naphtali Junior

When Kingsley Morgan, or the ‘taxbreakonaire’ as cyberspace now knows him, started posting chronicles of his daily adventures to his Facebook page, only in his wildest dreams would he have thought that he would become a social media sensation. Morgan burst onto the scene a few weeks ago after a widely endorsed, yet heavily criticised, satirical open letter to Prime Minister Andrew Holness, following the first phase of the implementation of the income tax break last month end. Morga ... Read More

New book to help students overcome fear of chemistry

BY ALDANE WALTERS Career & Education writer | Sunday, August 21, 2016    

Photo: Bryan Cummings

Educator Dr Karla Hylton believes students flunk chemistry because of fear; a fear fed by a lack of understanding of the subject’s basic concepts. But it’s a phenomenon she hopes to reverse with her just- released workbook Complete Chemistry for Caribbean High School Students. Hylton is the founder of Bio and Chem Tutoring and a Career & Education columnist. “I want to remove the fear of chemistry from our student population, and I want to encourage our students to lik ... Read More

Don’t ever settle for mediocrity, Commish tells kids

By Marc Rsiden Career & Education writer | Sunday, August 21, 2016    

Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams lauded the scholarship recipients for their hard work but sternly warned them to refrain from resting on their laurels. (Photo: Michael Gordon)

Jamaica’s Commissioner of Police Dr Carl Williams last week advised the 64 recipients of the Jamaica Police Co-Op Credit Union (JPCCU) scholarship and bursary awards to set and maintain high standards as they pursue higher education. “Don’t you ever settle for mediocrity,” he charged. “Keep moving forward and, along with your parents, I hope you possess a collective thought of ‘Yes, we can.’” “You have all the tools in life to continue suc ... Read More

‘I have three job offers; how do I choose?’

Carolyn Marie Smith | Sunday, August 21, 2016    

Dear Career Advisor: Some may think I am lucky, but right now I am confused. I have three firm job offers with a possibility of another company making an offer based on the favourable nod and informal expression of interest during an interview this week. I know I must act quickly. What strategies should I use to determine which one to take? Any guidance you can give will be appreciated. Yours truly, Ariel Dear Ariel: Congratulations! Having multiple job offers is very rare in this highly ... Read More

‘SPISE’ up your life

Sunday, August 21, 2016    

SPISE student participants demonstrating how their underwater robot works. (Photo: CDB)

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados — A month ago, 17-year old Jamaican students Arianna Stephenson and Emmanuel Sylvester didn’t know much about building a wind turbine, or developing and programming an underwater robot. Today, not only can they do both of these things, but they can also programme a computer game, and speak Mandarin. Stephenson, of DeCarteret College in Mandeville, and Sylvester, of Campion College in St Andrew, were among six Jamaicans who participated in the 2016 Student Progr ... Read More

Improved passes in 13 CSEC subjects

Sunday, August 21, 2016    

Education Minister Senator Ruel Reid addressing the issue of students sitting CSEC examinations in grade 10 during this week’s Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange. With him are Dr Grace McLean, chief education officer; and Dr Maurice Smith, permanent secretary in the Ministry of Education. (Photo: Naphtali Junior)

The Ministry of Education has reported improved passes in 13 of the 35 subjects students sat in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination back in May-June. Of the 34,486 candidates, 29,406 obtained passes ranging from grades 1-3, reflecting a pass rate of 85.2 per cent. This was disclosed by portfolio minister Ruel Reid at a press conference at the ministry’s Heroes’ Circle offices in Kingston on Thursday. He informed that the highest percentage increase i ... Read More

Reach — a necessary read in these murky times

Sunday, August 21, 2016    

Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding (Photo: Antonio Graham)

Title: Reach: 40 Black Men Speak on Living, Leading, and Succeeding Edited by: Ben Jealous and Trabian Shorters Find it at: Bookophilia 92 Hope Road, Kingston 6 Price: $1,860 SUMMARY Reach is a collection of anecdotes, short stories and essays by 40 black men who have achieved some level of success in their lives while facing all too familiar challenges of poverty, discrimination and lack of representation in pop culture. The pieces come from a range of contributors, from the silk-voiced ... Read More



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