Careers & Education

J-TEC being readied to regulate and transform Jamaica's tertiary sector

HENRY-WILSON… J-TEC will be both a regulatory and
developmental entity for the tertiary sector

MAXINE Henry-Wilson yesterday assured Jamaicans that legislation has been drafted to regulate the tertiary education sector which has, in recent weeks, been a source of great concern for some graduates. Henry-Wilson, a former education minister who is now CEO/commissioner of the emerging Jamaica Te ... Read More

Karen Oliver with grade two students at Maxfield Park Primary
School where she facilitates a one-hour reading session every
month to encourage children to develop the habit of reading. Speaking of Karen... Communicating with a mission
GLOSSOPHOBIA is a big word for one of the most common forms of anxiety, and in surveys, many people ... Read More

Students from Halker’s
Hall Basic School share in
a group photo with (from
back right), David Mair,
executive director of Food
for the Poor Jamaica;
Jennifer Newland,
teacher, and principal
Donna Gordon. Halker's Hall Basic School gets help
THE 55 students enrolled at Halker's Hall Basic School in St Catherine will no longer be forced to c ... Read More

Canadian High Commissioner
Robert Ready gestures while
speaking during the Jamaica
Observer Press Club last
(PHOTO: BRYAN CUMMINGS) Canada colleges link creating well-equipped labour force
THE Canadian Government, through the Caricom Education for Employment project and its implementing p ... Read More

Shelly-Ann gives back to George Headley

Sunday, September 28, 2014    

Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce hands out exercise books to students. (PHOTO: AINSWORTH MORRIS)

TRACK star and newly-named ambassador Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce has given back to her alma mater, George Headley Primary, in the form of a $1-million donation. Fraser-Pryce visited the school on September 25 as part of a National Road Safety Council (NRSC) team. She said George Headley helped to mould her into the sprinter she is today, and so it was only fitting that she give back to her school. "This donation should have been made a while ago. However, what better time to make my surprise don ... Read More

JPS Foundation breaks ground to build secure fence at model school

Sunday, September 28, 2014    

JPS President and CEO Kelly Tomblin (centre), scoops up dirt in
a shovel during the symbolic ground-breaking ceremony.
Joining in the moment from left are Geun Tee Kim, JPS board
director; Keith Garvey, JPS Foundation board director and JPS
region central director; Gary Barrow, senior vice president,
energy delivery; and Paulette Dixon-Reece, principal of York
Town Basic School.

IN accordance with standards established by the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), the JPS Foundation will be constructing a 391-foot fence around York Town Basic School as it continues to develop the institution under its Model Schools Programme. In 2013, the JPS Foundation identified three schools it is assisting over a three-year period to meet ECC regulations. The foundation's primary objective is to help these schools in the areas of staffing; development/educational programmes; interaction ... Read More

Conflict? No problem

By KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Career & Education reporter | Sunday, September 28, 2014    

WHEN conflicts arise in a professional setting, the resolution process will be different from in the streets where you can use your fists to get your point across. In fact, all workplaces have policies for dealing with what is usually inevitable when people of different personalities get together in one place. It's important that you know your workplace policy on conflict -- usually contained in the company handbook -- before you decide to shove your offensive cubicle-mate during a fight over p ... Read More

GTECH partners with Women's Centre of Jamaica Foundation

Sunday, September 28, 2014    

GTECH’s Ann-Dawn Young Sang (right), hands over a
ceremonial plaque to Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation’s
(WCJF) Eleth Mulai, centre manager for Spanish Town, at the
launch of GTECH’s after school advantage programme
partnership with the WCJF.

LEADING global commercial operator and provider of technology in the regulated worldwide gaming markets, GTECH, continues its outreach activities in Jamaica, with an announced partnership with the Women's Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF). The WCJF is a national social programme, which was established in 1978 to provide continuing education to adolescent mothers. The foundation currently operates under the Office of the Prime Minister and serves all 14 parishes from seven main centres and ni ... Read More

PHOTO: Hi there!

Sunday, September 28, 2014    

These four Westwood ladies were spotted at the youth climate change conference at Jamaica Conference Centre on September 19. (Photo: Garfielf Robinson) Hi there! --> Read More

Insights Jamaica aims to help kids with behavioural challenges

By AINSWORTH MORRIS Career & Education writer | Sunday, September 28, 2014    

Professor Sandee McClowry with the puppets used in teaching.

THE School of Education at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, and New York University-based Professor Sandee McClowry, have launched a new programme, Insights Jamaica, which aims to help educators and parents with children who have behavioural problems. The programme, which started its testing stage a year ago, was launched on September 16 outside new offices at the Science, Mathematics and Information Technology building in the Faculty of Humanities and Education. Insights Jamaica ... Read More

How to be a better manager

By Kimberley Hibbert Career and Education reporter | Sunday, September 28, 2014    

AN employee's growth and success have a lot to do with the kind of supervisor he has, and unfortunately, many people get promoted to the role of supervisor without the requisite skills. This means that though you may have the degree that made you seem like the best man for the job, when it comes to things like people and management skills, you may be lacking. Unfortunately, managers often fail to coach their employees to contribute to the organisation in a meaningful may, because they themselv ... Read More

PHOTO: Great work!

Sunday, September 28, 2014    

Nine-year-old Orlando Scarlett from Petersfield Primary and Infant School in Westmoreland, proudly displays his work to Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites. Sharing in the moment is Samantha Chantrelle, CEO of the Digicel Foundation. Orlando was recently awarded for being one of the top performers in the foundation's Enrichment Programme. The programme focuses on improving the literacy and numeracy performance of students in grades one to three and is conducted in partnership with USAID and t ... Read More

PHOTO: Clean up, clean up

Sunday, September 28, 2014    

These youngsters from Duhaney Park Primary take a break from clean-up activities on the Palisadoes strip where they participated in International Coastal Cleanup Day activities last Saturday. (Photo: Garfield Robinson) Clean up, clean up --> Read More

Education ministry seeks funding to upgrade science labs

Sunday, September 28, 2014    

The University of the West Indies (Mona) and the Bio-Tech R&D
Institute on Tuesday signed a collaborative agreement to
enhance innovation in scientific research and development.
Here Prof Archibald McDonald (left) signs on behalf of the
university, while Dr Henry Lowe inks the agreement on behalf of
Bio-Tech R&D Institute, of which he is executive chairman.
Witnessing the signing are (from left) Prof Errol Morrison,
director general of the National Council on Science and
Technology; Dr Camille Bell-Hutchinson, registrar, UWI Mona;
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites; and Prof Ishenkumba
Kahwa, deputy principal of UWI, Mona.

THE Ministry of Education is seeking money to assist in the upgrading of science laboratories and the provision of micro-science kits for secondary and primary schools across the island. This move is consistent with the ministry's plans to fully and formally integrate science, technology, engineering, mathematics and innovation (STEMI) into all aspects of the education system. It also forms part of the Government's strategic response to the need for more highly qualified technology graduates f ... Read More



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