Careers & Education

PHOTO: JTACCU bursaries

Minister of Youth and Culture Lisa Hanna (back row, fifth left) pose with recipients of bursaries from the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) Co-operative Credit Union. Children of members of the union who performed exceptionally well in their Grade Six Achievement Test were presented with bursarie ... Read More

Minister of Education Rev Ronald Thwaites and Managing Director of the Jamaica Social
Investment Fund (JSIF) Scarlette Gillings affix their signatures to the contract for rehabilitation
and expansion of nine schools in rural Jamaica. Also sharing in the moment during a ceremony
at the ministry’s Heroes Circle offices last Friday are Director of MAE Construction Company
Phillip Evans (seated right) and (standing from left) Principal of Aberdeen Primary and Junior
High School Milbert Miller, Director of Ricam Construction Devon Richards, and Member of
Parliament for South East St Elizabeth Richard Parchment. Nine rural schools to be upgraded
SOME $160 million has been allocated to undertake expansion and rehabilitation works at nine schools ... Read More

THWAITES… established joint
committee St Thomas high schools to pool resources
EDUCATION Minister Ronald Thwaites has established a joint committee to identify areas of mutual int ... Read More

Parents have a place in school
SCHOOLS are opening their doors to parents who want to learn how to help educate their children. La ... Read More

Latin America’s education system under pressure

Monday, July 28, 2014    

Latin America and Caribbean

LIMA, Peru — Every week, public school students in Latin America are deprived of the equivalent of one full day of class, according to a new World Bank report. Based on a research involving the observation of more than 15,000 classrooms in 3,000 primary and secondary schools in seven Latin American countries, the report — 'Great Teachers: How to Raise Student Learning in Latin America' — described how teacher absenteeism, poor preparation, low skill level and pay, as well as ... Read More

Canada gears up for express entry of skilled migrants

Monday, July 28, 2014    

THE Citizenship and Immigration Minister in Canada, Chris Alexander, recently met with stakeholders and business leaders about the January 2015 launch of Express Entry — a faster and more effective way for Canada to welcome skilled economic immigrants. At the same time, the Government of Canada, in partnership with provincial and territorial governments, has hosted a number of information sessions on Express Entry with employers across the country in recent months. The Express Entry elec ... Read More

Cavelle Johnston: lead attorney

By KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Career & Education reporter | Sunday, July 27, 2014    

Cavelle Johnston (centre) and her team from the Civil Litigation Department at Townsend, Whyte
and Porter, Terri-Ann Guyah (left) and Kaysian Kennedy. (PHOTOS: TYRONE SIMMS)

SHE wears many hats but humility is the main one. She's the lead attorney in the Civil Litigation Department at Townsend, Whyte and Porter; chair of the membership committee for the Kiwanis Club of New Kingston; head of the hospitality ministry at her church; and she draws well. She is Cavelle Johnston. Focus and hard work, coupled with academic achievement have been Johnston's focus, and she boasts a colourful career, while balancing life and family. Johnston spent her early years as a journ ... Read More

How to survive the politics of the workplace — Pt 2

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

Don't tear your hair out because of workplace stress.

FORGET reality TV shows like Survivor; the workplace is one of the best training grounds for you to learn and display your survival skills as it will present you with some of your greatest battles and life lessons. If you can fight workplace battles and win, you can win on any other battleground, for the skills you acquire will help you in other areas of your life. Full of interesting characters and unnecessary battles, surviving the workplace is like a game of chess for any career-driven pers ... Read More

Nadine Valentine gets grant to research wellness tourism

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

THE Caribbean Tourism Organisation (CTO) has awarded Nadine Valentine, an office manager at the University of the West Indies (UWI), a US$2,500 tuition grant to conduct research on wellness tourism in Jamaica. Valentine is currently pursuing a master's degree in tourism and hospitality management at the Mona School of Business and Management (MSBM). Valentine is an active member of the MSBM community, where her entrepreneurship proposal is the establishment of a plant tissue culture laboratory ... Read More

Nathaniel Peat: Enterprising entrepreneur

By KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Career & Education reporter | Sunday, July 27, 2014    

PEAT... the idea is never to
reinvent the wheel

GROWING up in the United Kingdom, multi-award winning entrepreneur Nathaniel Peat was faced with stereotypes of what West Indian children were perceived to be. Such stereotypes at the time, according to Peat, were that these children were underachievers, drug users, and instigators of crime. It was with the help of God and his parents that Peat said he developed a spirit of resilience and persistence to rise above the challenges. Today Peat, who holds a bachelor of engineering degree with hono ... Read More

Digicel Foundation supports families of children with special needs

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

Shannon Eidman, community outreach co-ordinator at Irish Autism Action, encourages
caregivers of children who have learning disabilities at the seminar.

NEARLY 400 caregivers of students with learning difficulties, physical disabilities or emotional and behavioural problems have benefited from a specialised training seminar hosted by Digicel Foundation between July 19 and 24. The training seminar was hosted by the Digicel Foundation in partnership with Irish Autism Action, which seeks to improve the quality of life of individuals and their families affected by autism. The training was designed and developed following a visit to Jamaica by Iri ... Read More

Ministry again cautions over textbook purchases

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

THE Ministry of Education says it is providing most of the textbooks required at primary schools, and reiterates its call for parents to desist from purchasing unnecessary books. "We provide at least 98 per cent of the books at no cost to students at grades one to three, so our guideline to parents is, if you are going to purchase additional materials, you should only be purchasing one supplementary reader at grades one to three," Chief Education Officer Dr Grace McLean said. She was deliverin ... Read More

STEM academies to foster human capital development

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

THWAITES...STEM aims to
foster enquiring minds

MINISTER of Education Ronald Thwaites says the plan to introduce academies that focus on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), is aligned with the Government's strategic objective of fostering sustained human capital development. The minister said the decision is also in keeping with international trends in education, where more emphasis is being placed on helping students to learn based on their individual aptitudes. "The plan is to transform technical schools and a few sel ... Read More

YEA pushes for introduction of entrepreneurship in schools

Sunday, July 27, 2014    

CURRICULUM specialists are to meet with representatives of the Young Entrepreneurs Association (YEA) to discuss the inclusion of entrepreneurship, or elements of it, in the curriculum of secondary and primary schools. Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites gave the undertaking for an "early meeting" on the matter, as he addressed the YEA's quarterly forum held July 15 at the Petroleum Corporation of Jamaica auditorium in Kingston. The YEA is proposing that the subject 'Entrepreneurship' be intr ... Read More



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