Careers & Education

JIS donates heritage publications to schools, children's homes

Grade four students of Chetolah Park Primary School (from left) Jamelia-Lyn Gregory, Eve Philburn and Patrice Forrester are
intrigued as they read Jamaican Folk Customs & Beliefs, a publication recently presented to them, along with seven other books
and heritage posters, by the Jamaica Information Service. (PHOTO: JIS)

Additionally, 67 students at the Grade four level attending the two schools have received individual reading materials. The books, a gift from the Research and Publications Department of the JIS, were handed over to the Child Development Agency (CDA) and the St Alban and Chetolah Park Primary Schoo ... Read More

Some of the winners who shared the $3.5 million in scholarships awarded by Wisynco Wisynco awards $3.5M in scholarships
THIRTY students, representing all levels of the education system, will start the new school term wit ... Read More

Natalia Smith
attributes her success
to her creativity. Cleaning charms... business savvy
GROWING up, Natalia Smith loved to clean and would seize every opportunity to join in the household ... Read More

Natalie Lue-Fung The cellphone entrepreneur
THESE days, the most common device people will have in their possession is not a wristwatch, it's a ... Read More

TPDCo awards winners In Tourism Essay Competition

Sunday, December 14, 2014    

Executive director of the Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo), Dennis Hickey (right), and Executive director of the
Tourism Enhancement Fund, Clyde Harrison (2nd right), share a moment with the first-place winners in this year’s TPDCo Essay
Competition, junior category winner Matthew Harvey (left) of Cornwall College, and JodyKay Henry, winner of the senior category.

The Tourism Product Development Company (TPDCo) has awarded six individuals from across the island with cash and prizes valued at over $1 million in their recently concluded Tourism Essay Competition. Also receiving prizes were teachers and schools involved in the competition. The winner in the seniors' category (18-25-year-olds) was JodyKay Henry. Sheryl Reid, of Campion College came in second and third place went to Stacian Virtue of the School of Hospitality and Tourism Management, Universi ... Read More

450 graduate from Career Advancement Programme

Sunday, December 14, 2014    

Ronald Thwaites

More than 450 students graduated from the rebranded Career Advancement Programme (CAP) during a ceremony held at the Jamaica Conference Centre on Thursday. The CAP was implemented in 2010 as a second chance for students aged 16 to 18 to fulfil their career goals. Since then, the programme has been restructured to enable greater levels of efficiencies in its administration and outcomes. In his address, Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites commended the students who seized the opportunity to be ... Read More

UTech transforming Ja's schools 'one project at a time'

Sunday, December 14, 2014    

Dr Barrington Reid, programme director of the Master of
Education and PhD programmes in (FELS), at the University of
Technology, Jamaica.

THE University of Technology, Jamaica, has been making significant contributions to the positive transformation of schools across Jamaica, through its Faculty of Education and Liberal Studies (FELS) students' practicum projects. This year's projects range from the construction of comfortable and proper flush toilets in two primary schools, one in Kingston and the other in St Catherine; the implementation of computer training workshops to help rid teachers of technophobia in an inner-city high ... Read More

18,000 tablets to be distributed by mid-December

Sunday, December 14, 2014    

Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Minister, Phillip Paulwell

MINISTER of Science, Technology, Energy, and Mining Phillip Paulwell says that 18,000 of the targeted 25,000 tablet computers will be delivered to students before the end of the Christmas school term on December 18. The remaining 7,000 devices will be distributed during the early weeks of the Easter term in 2015. He was speaking at a distribution exercise at the Cambridge High School in St James last Wednesday, where 1,588 students were presented with tablets under the Government's $1.4 billio ... Read More

Japanese ambassador hands over classrooms valued at $11 to Boundbrook Primary

Sunday, December 14, 2014    

(From left) Minister of
Education Ronald Thwaites;
Janet Brimm, director,
Region 2 in the Ministry of
Education; Lola Palmer,
principal, Boundbrook
Primary; Gwendolyn
Lindsay-Johnson, former VP
Boundbrook and acting
principal at Orange Bay
Primary applaud after
Japanese Ambassador to
Jamaica Yasuo Takase cut
the ribbon to the threeclassroom
block donated to
the school. Other officals
share in the celebrations.
(PHOTO: Everard Owen)

The Boundbrook Primary School is the recipient of three classrooms block courtesy of the Japanese Government through their "Grassroots programme" that were officially handed over and opened by Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica Yasuo Takase at the school last week. The school benefited through the Japan-Jamaica relationship, which is now celebrating 50 years of diplomatic relations and friendship. The project costs approximately $11.5 million and the classrooms will host grade 1 students at the sch ... Read More

Wikimedia Foundation and Digicel partner to offer free Wikipedia access

Saturday, December 13, 2014    

Digicel’s regional headquarters on Kingston’s waterfront.

Digicel and the Wikimedia Foundation, the non-profit organisation that operates Wikipedia and its sister projects, announced a partnership to offer free access to Wikipedia to all Digicel customers, whether they are subscribed to a data plan or not. The collaboration is part of Wikipedia Zero, an initiative to give people unlimited access to Wikipedia free of data charges from their mobile devices, in alignment with Wikimedia's mission to provide access to knowledge and information. Currently ... Read More

That elevator pitch...

Saturday, December 13, 2014    

That elevator

WHILE sitting in your final-year class at university, your often heard your lecturer speak of the importance of being able to deliver an elevator pitch — marketing yourself in 30 seconds or less to a prospective business partner or employer. But, what are the odds of seeing such a person in an elevator and actually securing a business deal? Elevator pitches are usually canned and investors will spot a fake one anywhere. Recruiting Analyst Rayanne Ingram told Career & Education that t ... Read More

Japanese to the rescue of Buff Bay High

Friday, December 12, 2014    


WORK is to commence soon for the construction of two additional classrooms at Buff Bay High School in Portland, at a cost of approximately $13m. This will increase the number of classrooms to 20 for the 800 students enrolled at the school. The classrooms, along with a storage area, will be constructed with grant funding of $11 million provided under the Government of Japan's Grant Assistance for Grassroots Human Security Project, through the Japanese Embassy in Jamaica. This money was commit ... Read More

We’ve got the answer!

Thursday, December 11, 2014    

One eager youngster of Leonora Morris Basic School in Lilliput, St James, jumps to his feet, while another raises his hand in response to Education Minister Ronald Thwaites' question during his recent visit to several basic schools across the parish. Sharing in the moment are (from left) Councillor for the Rose Hall Division, Jason Cummings, and Ashley-Ann Foster, the People's National Party's chairperson for East Central St James. Read More

How are you preparing for exams?

Tuesday, December 09, 2014    


Most of us can't wait to go on Christmas break, but unfortunately, there is an obstacle before the few weeks of freedom -- exams. For some of us, they have already started, while the luckier ones are enjoying a little study break. We all want to achieve maximum marks, and so we are in full preparation mode. How are you preparing for you end-of-term/semester exams? Abigail Tennant: I prepare for my exams by locking myself into my room with all the necessities for studying. I then revise all th ... Read More



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