Career & Education

PHOTO: Talking careers

(From left) Sandals Montego Bay’s Training and Development Manager Sigourney Hastings, and Environment, Health and Safety Manager Haniff Richards describe some of the career opportunities available within the Sandals chain to Cornwall College students Ragel Mitchell, Deshawn  Cooke, and Geovani Merchant, two Thursdays ago during National Careers Week. Under the theme, ‘Expanding Horizons for Vision 2030’, the luxury included© chain exposed hundreds of students from various high schools across the western region to organisations that provided options to facilitate their decisions on the next phase in achieving their career goals. Sandals not only provided information on its product and services, but also built awareness on the resort’s record of being one of the most preferred employers within the tourism industry. Students also had a chance to learn more about the opportunities available through the Sandals Corporate University such as the Sandals hospitality training programme. (Photo: Sandals)

(From left) Sandals Montego Bay’s Training and Development Manager Sigourney Hastings, and Environment, Health and Safety Manager Haniff Richards describe some of the career opportunities available within the Sandals chain to Cornwall College students Ragel Mitchell, Deshawn Cooke, and Geovan ... Read More

Entertainers and government officials are excited for the Science Genius Jamaica competition. From left: Dr Andrew Wheatley, Minister of Science, Energy and technology, dancehall artistes Wayne Marshall and Tifa, Floyd Green, state minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information and Professor Christopher Emdin conceptualiser for Science Genius in the United States. (Joseph Wellington) Jamaica to produce science geniuses
IF the organisers of Science Genius Jamaica: Science Meets Dancehall realise their vision, Jamaica w ... Read More

Iris Gelly Primary students in their colours. (Photo: Naphtali Junior) Celebrating Jamaica part 2
Schools across the island celebrated Jamaica Day last week Read More

Ruel Reid Government opens $30-million scholarship fund
The Government on Wednesday launched a $30-million scholarship grant to be provided through the Mini ... Read More

Is lunchtime included in the eight-hour work day?

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

(Photo: AP)

Dear Career Advisor: I would like to know if, as a government worker, break-time is included in the eight-hour shift. Yours truly, Andrew Dear Andrew: Thank you for your question. As this is a recurring concern of many workers, for clarity we are rephrasing to read, “Is lunchtime counted as part of the eight hours of work in a regular work day?” As stated in law, employers are required to make allowance in the work schedule during the normal workday of eight hours for employees ... Read More

Technical jobs at risk of automation — billionaire

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

Thinking creatively is a skill that could soon become more valuable than some technical ones which are currently sought after, like computer-coding. So says billionaire software developer from the US Mark Cuban, according to Bloomberg TV. “That might have been a great job a few years ago, but you might be out of work in five years,” Cuban said. Citing what he called “the automation of automation,” where computers learn how to write software better than humans can, he w ... Read More

PHOTO: Celebrating Jamaica

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

Students of CAB/RJR Basic School were fashion forward in their 1970s take on Jamaica Day. (Naphtali Junior)

Schools across the island celebrated Jamaica Day last week. While the majority kept the observances traditional, with students wearing outfits in the green, black and gold of the flag, as well as the national outfit made from bandana, others changed gears and had the students dress as their favourite animated characters, or had them portray outfits from the 1960s and 70s. Read More

Praising, rewarding children can increase learning outcomes

Dr Karla Hylton | Sunday, February 26, 2017    

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Praising and rewarding your child is a controversial topic. Some experts believe that praise and rewards teach children wrong values, while some studies show that when used at the right time, these external motivators can help children complete tasks that they would not have wanted to do. It has been my experience that a little of both, when used appropriately, can make a world of a difference in learning outcomes at school. They can ignite motivation and steer students towards excellence. The ... Read More

Year-two of real estate courses to begin March 3

Sunday, February 26, 2017    

People interested in formally entering the real estate profession will have the opportunity to begin the process with the Real Estate Training Institute rolling out year-two of its courses starting this Friday, March 3. The Institute, which is owned and operated by the Real Estate Board, is the provider of qualifying courses for registration and licensing as a real estate salesman or dealer in Jamaica. Since its inception in 2016, there have been five salesman courses which had a combined coho ... Read More

Science meets dancehall

Monday, February 20, 2017    

Professor Christopher Emdin speaking at JN Foundation’s ILead Summit last year

The JN Foundation is collaborating with Professor Christopher Emdin to launch Science Genius Jamaica, a new education project that will fuse dancehall music with science. The project, which mirrors Professor Emdin’s Science Genius programme that blends hip hop music with science, is part of a movement to connect youth culture and education — commonly known in the United States of America as #HipHopEd. The Science Genius Jamaica programme will seek to excite Jamaican students and ... Read More

School-based enterprises could fix bad economy — educators

BY PENDA HONEYGHAN Career & Education wirter | Sunday, February 19, 2017    

REID... summoned Principal Heather Murray to a meeting.;.(Bryan Cummings)

Minister of Education Ruel Reid, having acknowledged the importance of social enterprises, has suggested that investing in the entrepreneurial development of students could be the answer to the economic turmoil that the country has been experiencing for decades. “In Jamaica we have struggled for so long. We have hardly been able to achieve anything over the one per cent GDP growth. In fact, we are one of the worst-performing economies globally, so we need a whole new generation of young ... Read More

Irrigation commission awards 14 scholarships to employees’ children

Sunday, February 19, 2017    

Children of employees of the National Irrigation Commission who received sholarships from the commission on Wednesday are (from left): Kenyata Thomas, Abigail Pollack, Marshalee Cain, Claudia Jones, Allesandro Anderson, Debra-Ann Gordon, Ackeem Austin, Josan Munroe, Jamier Ferguson, Gersandre Thompson, Jhaneel Burrell, Shadane Jonas, Shanice Brown and Olivia Kennedy.

Fourteen children of employees of the National Irrigation Commission Limited (NIC) walked away from a presentation ceremony in Kingston two Wednesdays ago with scholarships valued at over $700,000. The scholarships were presented for both the 2015/16 and 2016/17 academic years, as follows: For 2015/16 • 4 secondary awards at $40,000 each • 3 tertiary awards at $60,000 each • 2 board of directors’ awards at $67,500 each For 2016/17 • 3 secondary awards at $40,000 ... Read More

Caribbean, Russian youth sign pact

Sunday, February 19, 2017    

Chairperson of the Caribbean Regional Youth Council Tijani Christian (centre) and chairperson of the National Youth Council of Russia Grigory Petushkov shake on the partnership agreement they signed at the recently concluded 6th United Nations Economic and Social Council Youth Forum at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. 

Young people in the Caribbean have signed an agreement with their peers in Russia with a view to fostering higher levels of social and cultural cooperation between the two. At the recently concluded 6th United Nations Economic and Social Council Youth Forum at the United Nations Headquarters, the Caribbean Regional Youth Council (CRYC) and the Association of Non-Governmental Organisations - National Youth Council of Russia (NYCR) signed a Memorandum of Understanding on youth Cooperation and dev ... Read More

Want to master CXC maths? There’s an app for that!

Sunday, February 19, 2017    

A screen shot of Surenda Dhanpaul’s app for teaching mathematics.

A group of Caribbean professionals last week rolled out an application to help students master mathematics at the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) level. Founder of AcuExam (, Surendra Dhanpaul said though the app is in no way affiliated to the Barbados-headquartered CXC, it allows students to answer multiple-choice questions in preparation for a CXC exam, and will soon offer problem questions, with answers, in keeping with the maths syllabus. The app is available on Goog ... Read More



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