Career & Education

After the GSAT storm

“I am glad it’s over; all the
preparation prior to the examamination,
all the presssure from early last year. I
took away her summer [holiday]. I told
her it was just only for a time. I am just
waiting on the result.
— Gayena Byfield
“The exam was manageable. I just
want to relax and do all the stuff I used
to do. I am going to listen to music and
watch my favourite television show.”
— Giselle Byfield
Half-Way-Tree Primary School
School of Choice: Campion College
Karl McLarty

Anxiety and nervousness would have now subsided across the island with the sitting of this year’s Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) last Thursday and Friday. Recognised as a veritable rite of passage from the primary level to secondary level of education, parents, teachers and students execut ... Read More

Table laid with breakfast consisting of eggs, sausages, porridge, fruits, milo and juice for the students. East Central St Catherine GSAT students get support
Since 2015, attorney-at-law Alando Terrelonge and his team have been engaged in a programme dubbed & ... Read More

Professor Neville Ying Mico launches conversation series
The Mico Universiy College announced on Wednesday that it will begin a series of public discussion f ... Read More

Stephen Summers, supply chain manager at Nestlè (right), conducts a live session with Rory at Friday’s Nestlé Needs YOUth career fair. Nestlé Jamaica takes on youth unemployment
Hundreds of students from university campuses across the Corporate Area flocked Alfred Sangster Audi ... Read More

Teachers are therapists too

Dr Karla Hylton | Sunday, March 19, 2017    

Dr Karla Hylton. (Photo: Bryan Cummings)

Child abuse is more widespread and affects more social and economic groups in our society than the statistics suggest. Confronting the scourge requires intervention not only from the authorities, but from the entire community. Educators, in particular, have a major role to play in identifying and reporting cases of abuse, in addition to helping victimised students through the healing process. Nowadays, educators must take on the role of therapist as well as teacher. Children spend a large por ... Read More

Hidden Figures inspires girls who code

Sunday, March 19, 2017    

Mother and daughter duo enjoy the Jamaica Girls who Code screening of Hidden Figures..

Learning how to code is good for your brain’s development and can take you to the top of your chosen profession. That’s what Melanie Subratie, chairperson of Jamaica Girls Coding, told more than 80 girls, aged 11-14, from high schools and places of safety, at a special viewing of the Oscar-nominated film Hidden Figures late last month. The film, starring Octavia Spencer, Taraji P Henson, and Janelle Monae, tells the story of a group of black women who played pivotal roles in the e ... Read More

MIND starts diploma in auditing

Sunday, March 19, 2017    

Fayval Williams addressing the launch of the Management Institute of National Development’s launch of the Diploma in Auditing.(JIS)

The Management Institute for National Development (MIND) has launched a Diploma in Auditing programme aimed at enhancing the skills and competencies of auditors in the public and private sectors. The diploma programme was developed through collaboration with the Internal Audit Directorate of the Ministry of Finance and the Public Service and replaces the auditing techniques programme previously offered by MIND. State minister in the Ministry of Finance Fayval Williams, speaking at the launch c ... Read More

GSAT students get anti-stress lessons

BY PENDA HONEYGHAN Observer writer | Friday, March 17, 2017    

Grade six students at Rousseau Primary practise exercise techniques that will help to ward off stress, anxiety and tension while they complete their exams. (Photo: Christina Reid)

AFTER months of preparing for the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), students completed the first set of papers yesterday and will be free when they complete the final sitting today. While much work has been invested to ensure students were equipped with the right material for each assessment, one St Andrew-based school wanted to make sure that its students were also armed with the appropriate techniques to manage the stress and other anxieties during the exam. Last week, for the second conse ... Read More

Wheatley says UTech’s degree critical to regional cooperation on climate change

Tuesday, March 14, 2017    

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Dr Andrew Wheatley

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology Dr Andrew Wheatley says the Master’s of Science in Sustainable Energy and Climate Change recently launched at the University of Technology (UTech) will play an important role in Jamaica’s collaboration with Caricom on green economy development. “It is a pioneer programme that will graduate critical thinkers, innovators and entrepreneurs in the sustainable energy and green economy fields,” Dr Wheatley told last Tuesday’s Re ... Read More

Jamaica’s Michelle Thomas up for Commonwealth award

Sunday, March 12, 2017    

THOMAS... to be a lawyer and not give back to society would be the higest level of hypocrisy (Photo: Courtsesy of Commonwealth)

Twenty-five-year-old ttorney-at-law Michelle Thomas of Jamaica is a finalist in the 2017 Commonwealth Youth Awards for Excellence in Development Work. Thomas, who hails from Cooreville Gardens, St Andrew, is going up against 16 other young people from 13 countries across the Commonwealth, among them the founder of a youth-led organisation in Papua New Guinea that uses sport as a tool to end violence against women, and the owner of a Nigerian company which uses geo-mapping to recycle waste. For ... Read More

Airy Castle readies for GSAT despite fire, no electricity

Sunday, March 12, 2017    

The block at Airy Castle Primary which housed the canteen, resource room and library was destroyed by fire a month ago.

Less than a week before its students sit the high-school qualifying Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), Airy Castle Primary School in St Thomas has no electricity and does not know when the utility will be restored. GSAT is scheduled for this Thursday and Friday, March 16 and 17 respectively. A fire at the school razed the library, computer lab/resource room and canteen a month ago, causing extensive infrastructure damage and knocking out power to the facility. Since then, the students have ha ... Read More

Should I study forensic accounting?

Carolyn Marie Smith | Sunday, March 12, 2017    

Dear Career Advisor: I came across one of your columns and I believe you provide well-needed assistance to those who have concerns regarding career choices. I am also in need of your assistance. I am a third year student at one of our local universities pursuing a bachelor’s degree in business administration. My major is accounting, with a minor in international business. A friend encouraged me to start thinking about what type of accountant I would like to become. Upon doing research, I ... Read More

In the fast lane with Red Lane

Sunday, March 12, 2017    

Spa manager at Sandals Royal Caribbean Dorothea Grant began her journey with the award-winning resort chain as a front office intern back in 1998. (Photo: Courtesy of Sandals)

Montego Bay, St James — Dorothea Grant’s grasp on team building and revenue management has led the spa at Sandals Royal Caribbean to be one of the top spas in the Luxury Included® resort chain which spans the Caribbean, thereby securing her reign as a manager of innovation and ambition. Her journey to success started with her grandmother, with whom she, her siblings, and other younger relatives were raised. Grant admired the strength of her guardian as she maintained a ... Read More


Sunday, March 12, 2017    

General Manager of Global Exchange Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago, Carlos Matallana (right) in discussion with host of CVM at Sunrise Raymond Pryce, following the Pathways to Success seminar at the Mona campus of The University of the West Indies.

In a photo accompanying last week’s publication of a story headlined ‘Pathways to success: Carlos Matallana’s story’, we incorrectly identified host of CVM at Sunrise Raymond Pryce as an attorney-at-law. The correct caption as follows. General Manager of Global Exchange Jamaica and Trinidad & Tobago Carlos Matallana (right) in discussion with host of CVM at Sunrise Raymond Pryce, following the Pathways to Success seminar at he Mona campus of The University of the West ... Read More



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