Career & Education

Thwaites reports successful sitting of grade four test

Education Minister
Ronald Thwaites
addressing the
graduating class of
Mona Heights Primary
School last week.

EDUCATION Minister Ronald Thwaites has said that despite some "small hitches", the sitting of the Grade Four Literacy and Numeracy Test on June 30 and July 1 was a success. He explained that the issues were confined to insufficient test and answer papers, but noted that these were quickly rectified ... Read More

Members of the winning Port Antonio Primary team with their trophies and certificates. Maths champions
Ebhana Powell who organised the competition said this will help the students to sharpen their mathem ... Read More

Students of the winning school York Castle High pose for a photo with stakeholders which include Noranda's Executive Chairman
Pansy Johnson (fourth left) and their principal Raymon Treasure (third left). York Castle wins first greenhouse competition
YORK Castle High is the first champion of a Greenhouse competition hosted by Noranda Bauxite Partner ... Read More

The inaugural
champions Clonmel
Primary. Zion Hill Primary takes trophy in health and environment quiz
FOLLOWING a very competitive match, Zion Hill Primary was declared the winner of the St Mary Health ... Read More

Joshua heads to Munro!

Sunday, July 05, 2015    

Joshua Anderson’s GSAT scores have qualified him for a spot at
Munro College in St Elizabeth.

AS his mother tells it, when Joshua Anderson was in grade two he could not read at that level. When he was in grade five, he could not do long division. Now, the 12-year-old student of St Aloysius Primary is staring at a Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) average of 96.6 per cent -- 97 for maths, 95 for language arts, 100 for science, 99 for social studies, and 11 for communication task. For that, he has been placed at his first choice of schools -- Munro College in St Elizabeth. Even though h ... Read More

'GSAT wasn't hard'

Sunday, July 05, 2015    

St Thomas’ top GSAT student Brihalia Kenton at her recent graduation from Yallahs Primary

NO extra classes were necessary for Brihalia Kenton as she prepared for GSAT, the high school entrance examination which many parents and teachers have criticised as being too difficult for primary school students. The 12-year-old student of Yallahs Primary in St Thomas, described as an avid reader, told the Jamaica Observer from her home on Friday that her preparation routine was simply to review each day's work when she got home. "It (the exam) wasn't hard.I didn't prepare much," she said. ... Read More

Standardise maths teaching — educators

Sunday, July 05, 2015    

(From left) Dr Tim Lam Toh, mathematician from Singapore, exchanges views with lecturers
Rohan Cobourne of Shortwood Teachers’ College and Conley Cross of Moneague College at a
recent mathematics seminar held at Jewel Resort in St Ann. (PHOTO: BYRON BUCKLEY)

TEACHER trainers are calling for a standardised approach to the teaching of mathematics in an effort to ratchet up student performance in the subject, which has an average pass rate of below 50 per cent based on the 2014 results of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination. The call by the college educators was made recently at the end of a one-week seminar presented by trainers from Singapore, a world leader in the teaching of mathematics. The group of 75 lecturers and ... Read More

Frustrated with my low performance appraisal scores

Carolyn Marie Smith | Sunday, July 05, 2015    

Dear Career Advisor: I am almost at the end of my probationary period in an over-the-telephone customer care environment. Ever since I joined the staff, I have noticed that my supervisor gives me fewer instructions and less information than the other new members of the team. I often had to use curiosity to glean information while the others were told. In my recent performance appraisal, my ratings were on the low side, just barely above the minimum acceptance level. When I asked the supervisor ... Read More

JET numbers soar

Sunday, July 05, 2015    

Japanese Ambassador to Jamaica Masanori Nakano (right) with 34 of the 40 Jamaican young people selected for this year's
Japan Exchange and Teaching Programme. (PHOTO: RORY DALEY)

THE Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme hailed its largest Jamaican contingent in its 15-year history two Fridays ago as 34 of the 40 successful participants were treated to a send-off at the Japanese Ambassador's residence on Seaview Avenue in Kingston. Last year 24 Jamaicans were selected for the programme; in 2013 there were 18; 2012 saw 19; and the year before that, 15. "The growth of this programme since 1987 reflects that in a world so culturally diversified, people do have a ... Read More

JPS hires 100 for summer

Sunday, July 05, 2015    

JPS hires 100 for summer

(From left) Silina Patterson, manager of HR Business Services at Jamaica Public Service JPS; Tania McDonald Tomlinson, head of human resources; Shantel Phoenix and Shaunjaye Mitchell, both students of the University of the West Indies, peruse a document at the utility provider's Summer Employee Programme orientation last Monday, June 29. JPS has engaged 100 students from secondary and tertiary institutions with the aim of providing valuable work experience while helping participants to identify ... Read More

EZ win for Clan Carthy, Chetolah Park Primary

BY ALDANE WALTERS Career & Education writer | Sunday, July 05, 2015    

Some of the students and
teachers who were awarded
for their participation in the
ezWin Challenge, which saw
them utilising the apps
created by ezLearner Inc,
content providers for the
Tablets in Schools pilot
project. (PHOTO: FIONA

APP development company ezLearner found a way to get students more interested in using the tablets distributed under the Government of Jamaica's Tablet in Schools programme: launch a competition that ties rewards to use of the software and equipment. Called ezWin Challenge, the competition encouraged both students and teachers to use the ezLearner app in a pilot project in four Corporate Area schools: Clan Carthy Primary, Chetolah Park Primary, John Mills All-age and Rennock Lodge All-age. Dev ... Read More

Ensom City Primary records high GSAT scores

BY ALDANE WALTERS Career & Education writer | Sunday, July 05, 2015    

(From left) Roberto Morgan, Samantha Ellis, Shantay Williams, Vanessa Harris, and head boy Jordan-Brian Sterling of Ensom City Primary celebrate their
exceptional Grade SIx Achievement Test scores at the school on Wednesday. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

WITH smiles as bright as their Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) performances, the star students were hard to miss as the Jamaica Observer vehicle pulled up to the grounds of Ensom City Primary School in Spanish Town, on Wednesday. The students - Shantay Williams, Samantha Ellis, Vanessa Harris, head boy Jordan-Brian Sterling, and Roberto Morgan - made history for their school, each student scoring averages no less than 99 per cent in the recent sitting of the GSAT exams. Principal Pauline Ban ... Read More

Water seminar starts tomorrow

Sunday, July 05, 2015    

Water from the broken pipe settles on the street outside
Sterling’s home. (File Photo)

STARTING tomorrow, International sustainability firm Metabolic Foundation will be hosting a seminar at four locations in Kingston. The seminar, which runs for a month, is geared towards solving urban water problems. The workshop, dubbed, 'Design Thinking and Innovation for Urban Water', is designed to facilitate creative problem solving by overcoming the fear of failure in design and rapid prototyping. It will feature four sections addressing six critical issues for problem solving: defining a ... Read More

Church falls short

KIMONE THOMPSON Associate editor — Features | Wednesday, July 01, 2015    

Not enough churches are doing enough to preserve the environment, some clergymen say.

SOME local clergymen are agreed that the church, in general, has fallen short of its mandate to protect and preserve the environment, and are urging their congregations to make amends by nixing bad habits like buying more then they need, using plastic bags and bottles, and throwing garbage in the correct bins. "The church certainly has a role, but has not been playing it very well," Anglican Suffragan Bishop of Kingston Bishop Robert Thompson told the Jamaica Observer yesterday when asked if th ... Read More



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