Careers & Education

Roberts: Relationship between Gov't, JTA not as bad as it seems

Danny Roberts

MONTEGO BAY, St James — Trade unionist and head of the Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Education Institute (HLSTUEI) Danny Roberts says the relationship between the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) and the Government is not as strained as how it is made out to be in the media. "I can tell ... Read More

Danny Roberts 'IMF deal hurting education sector'
MONTEGO BAY, St James — Trade unionist and head of the Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Educati ... Read More

Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education, Dr Grace McLean praised the JTA and awardees Ministry expecting smooth start to academic year
THE Ministry of Education says it is taking action to ensure that all primary and secondary schools ... Read More

THWAITES… revealed the most recent findings of the National Education
Inspectorate which reiterates the crisis in the education system Most public schools get poor grade in new inspection report
A mere 39 per cent or 50 public primary and secondary schools assessed in the latest round of inspec ... Read More

Ministry: GSAT changes will facilitate more targeted approach

Thursday, August 21, 2014    

Dr Grace McLean

THE Ministry of Education says the changes made to the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) will ensure adequate assessment of the skills and competencies that are necessary for students to transition to secondary school. Chief Education Officer in the ministry, Dr Grace McLean, said the adjustments will also facilitate a more targeted approach to the preparation for the test. The changes, which take effect at the next sitting of the examination in March 2015, are consistent with reviews conduct ... Read More

Teachers, Thwaites again on collision course

BY TANESHA MUNDLE Observer staff reporter | Monday, August 18, 2014    

Thwaites... urged teachers to take their leave outside of the 190 days stipulated for instructional delivery in the academic year.

WITH anger simmering inside the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) over Education Minister Ronald Thwaites' strong objection to teachers taking vacation leave during instructional days, the head of the teachers' union is warning that the arrangement cannot be changed without consensus. At the same time, Dr Mark Nicely, the JTA president, said that the association feels that teachers are being targeted and wants the Government to make the matter a public sector issue. "If leave is a problem, l ... Read More

PHOTO: Solid Gold

Monday, August 18, 2014    

Solid gold

Students who were awarded NCB Employees Co-operative Credit Union 2014 Treasure Chest Solid Gold GSAT scholarships beam with pride at the awards ceremony held at Alhambra Inn in Kingston on August 7. With them are Josephine Bennett-Darmand (back row left), president of NCB credit union; and Elaine Foster-Allen (back row second left), permanent secretary, Ministry of Education. Solid Gold --> Read More

Gov't moves to further strengthen early childhood education programme

Monday, August 18, 2014    

FOSTER… the ministry has embarked on a programme to
rationalise basic schools by merging them into infant
departments of primary schools

THE Ministry of Education is targeting the merger and/or construction of 200 early childhood institutions in the coming school year. The move comes as the Government continues to strengthen the early childhood programme. Addressing the Early Childhood Commission's 10th anniversary function last Monday at Tryall Club in Hanover, western regional director at the Ministry of Education, Hillary Foster, disclosed that the ministry has embarked on a programme to rationalise basic schools by merging ... Read More

Private schools in trouble

BY BALFORD HENRY Observer senior staff reporter | Sunday, August 17, 2014    

THWAITES ... move triggered by declining GSAT numbers

SOME private high schools will have to close next month as they are unable to stay open without the aid of government-financed Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) placements, the head of the Jamaica Independent Schools Association (JISA) has said. "Some of our schools will not be reopening in September," JISA President Pastor Wesley Boynes told the Jamaica Observer. He attributed this to the Government's decision not to award any more GSAT places to private/independent schools. "Some of our scho ... Read More

Nicola Scott is ATL's Team Member of the Year

Sunday, August 17, 2014    

Scott receives her award from ATL Group deputy chairman and chief executive officer Adam

"THE first thing I saw from ATL were the uniformed technicians and their trademark service vans. I admired them so much, and I said to myself, 'That's where I need to be'," explained ATL's Nicola Scott. Fast-forward 14 years and Scott still radiates eagerness and enthusiasm, making every day reminiscent of that Monday many years ago when she first set foot through ATL's doorways. A true team leader, 'Nicky', as she is affectionately called by everyone, was on the receiving end of praise and ac ... Read More

The wealth advisor

BY AINSWORTH MORRIS Career & Education writer | Sunday, August 17, 2014    

Jean-Ann Panton, wealth
advisor at Stocks and
Securities Limited.

FOR the last six years, Jean-Ann Panton has been serving Stocks and Securities Limited as a wealth advisor -- a professional who, in addition to maximising returns on clients' financial investments, has to constantly keep abreast of everything happening on the stock market. This week, Panton, who spent nine years serving as a client service officer and two years as manager of client services at Stocks and Securities Limited, shares with Career & Education an insight into her career. Who i ... Read More

GraceKennedy revives popular Jamaican birthright programme

Sunday, August 17, 2014    


AFTER being on hiatus for a period of six years, GraceKennedy has announced that it is reviving its Jamaican Birthright programme. The programme started in 2004 with the aim of giving second and third-generation university students internships at GraceKennedy in Jamaica, exposing them to a diversified Jamaican experience through music, social activities and professional tutelage. "The programme started in 2004 and was hugely successful. Everyone is excited that it's coming back, and we're exci ... Read More

Environmentally aware

Sunday, August 17, 2014    


Michael Fraser, LASCO Re-Leaf Environmental Awareness Programme (REAP) project co-ordinator, and Kelia-Gaye Dunbar (back right), LASCO Distributors Limited marketing manager, share a moment with students of St Jago Cathedral Prep's Environmental Club, winners of the LASCO REAP competition recently. The school was presented with the first of 10 new computers for their lab. Sharing in the moment is Victoria Smikle (back left) and Nadia Guy from the school. Environmentally aware --> Read More

JSIF's birth certificate programme opens doors for 12-y-o

Sunday, August 17, 2014    

birth certificates.(Graphic by Calvin Roache)

TWELVE-YEAR-OLD Tashana, who has her eyes set on becoming a lawyer, will take the first step towards that dream in September when she enters first form. This, however, could not have been achieved without a small miracle which to others might seem insignificant, but which means the world to Tashana. In the past year, Tashana's guardians were able to secure the birth certificate which allowed their ward to sit the Grade Six Achievement Test. Before that, her chances of taking the exam, much le ... Read More



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