Careers & Education

'Mediocre' schools a major challenge for education ministry

Thwaites... ministry has deployed 90 literacy and language coaches in over 400 schools to retool teachers

THE latest report from the National Education Inspectorate (NEI), tabled in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, says that students attainment in English and mathematics surpassed the ministry's targets in only two per cent of the schools inspected up to March this year. Of the 129 schools i ... Read More

THWAITES... whatever the cause, I don’t think that is
something that young students should be involved in Thwaites unhappy with protestors over Tivoli Gardens High uniform length
EDUCATION Minister Ronnie Thwaites has expressed disappointment over Wednesday's protest by a group ... Read More

THWAITES… gives blessing to programme Cross Keys High starts sixth form today
STUDENTS who live in and around South Manchester will have the opportunity to pursue Caribbean Advan ... Read More

Guild executives with some of the children who were treated. UWI Guild gives back to August Town
JUST two weeks into the start of the new academic year, the University of the West Indies (UWI) Guil ... Read More

9 ones for Avaughn Prendergast

BY KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Career & Education reporter | Sunday, September 14, 2014    

workload was hard
and his

LIFE in the sleepy, rural district of Victoria, St Catherine, was not the best launching pad for a child who wanted to excel academically, but Avaughn Prendergast was determined to do well. Prendergast, 16, spent his early years at Linstead Primary and Junior High School while his mother, Sharon Hutchinson, a security guard, worked hard to ensure that her son got by. "Growing up in a rural area has its challenges, the biggest one being that I had to go outside of my community to Linstead most ... Read More

Let's talk about engineering

Sunday, September 14, 2014    

Let’s talk about engineering

Dr Morais Guy (2nd right), minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing greets Gary Ferguson (left), customer relations officer, Caribbean Cement Company, at the launch of Jamaica Institution of Engineers' (JIE) Engineers' Week at the University of Technology on September 4. Looking on are Dr Noel Brown, president, JIE, and Sharon Smith of Jamaica National. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Let's talk about engineering --> Read More

Venture capital experience for MSBM students

Sunday, September 14, 2014    

Lashana Whyte (left) and Latoya Thompson-Hall (2nd left), students of the Mona
School of Business & Management, are introduced to Nigel Romano, vice
president operations of the Caribbean Development Bank by Klao Bell-Lewis,
head of communications at the CDB.

MONA School of Business and Management (MSBM) students Lashana Whyte and Latoya Thompson Hall got valuable lessons in funding entrepreneurship, as guests of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) at the second annual Development Bank of Jamaica venture capital conference held September 9 at the Jamaica Conference Centre. "The conference created an invaluable opportunity for emerging and experienced entrepreneurs to learn about and get up to date with developments in venture capital funding which ... Read More

PHOTO: A Holy Trinity greeting

Sunday, September 14, 2014    

These four young ladies from Holy Trinity High School paused for a moment to smile after performing at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security’s job fair and
employability session at the Knutsford Court Hotel on September 10. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON)

These four young ladies from Holy Trinity High School paused for a moment to smile after performing at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security's job fair and employability session at the Knutsford Court Hotel on September 10. (Photo: Garfield Robinson) A Holy Trinity greeting --> Read More

Wolmer's Boys' to open new auditorium

Sunday, September 14, 2014    

Anglican Lord Bishop of Jamaica and the Cayman Islands Dr Howard
Gregory (left); Education Minister Ronald Thwaites; school trustee and
chairman of the Wolmer's Boys school fundraising committee Douglas
Orane (2nd right); and school principal Dr Walton Small (right)
converse before the start of the groundbreaking ceremony for
construction of the multi-million dollar auditorium.

COME April 2015, Wolmer's Boys' School will open a new state-of-the-art, energy-efficient auditorium. Dr Walton Small, principal of the 285-year-old institution, said since 1991 the school has been without an auditorium. The $170-million building will utilise the natural elements to foster conservation. "All the rain water that is wasted will be collected. We're going to be building tanks so we can store that water by means of water harvesting. We will also be using solar energy to power part ... Read More

Arnold Foote Foundation disburses over $1m to CARIMAC students

Sunday, September 14, 2014    

Arnold Foote (2nd right), shares his contact information with recipients of the inaugural Arnold
Foote Foundation Scholarship: Yohan Lee, Odile Blake (2nd left) and Kevoy Jackson.

THE Arnold Foote Foundation has handed over cheques totalling $1,050,000 to three outstanding Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) students enrolled in the bachelor of arts integrated marketing communications (IMC) programme for the 2014-2015 academic year. They are Odile Blake, Kevoy Jackson and Yohan Lee, who each received $350,000 toward tuition, books and miscellaneous charges. Arnold Foote, chairman of Advertising & Marketing (Ja) Ltd, who was instrumental in the ... Read More

Video workshops a success

Sunday, September 14, 2014    

learn to operate
a video camera.

SOME of Jamaica's leading players in the film/television industry this summer shared their knowledge and skills with 30 young people over 12 days. Drawn from a cross-section of Jamaican society, the 18 to 25-year-olds were exposed, between August 11 and 16 and August 25 to 30, to various facets of the industry. The workshops were offered by Phase Three free of charge to participants as part of its 30th anniversary celebrations. The participants gave the workshops a big thumbs up. "The worksh ... Read More

Chancellor sees UWI progress in medical research

Sunday, September 14, 2014    

A stroke patient going through her prescribed exercise regime on
the treadmill. The safety harness eliminates the risk of falling.

SIR George Alleyne, chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), has commended the work being done at UWI Solutions for Developing Countries (UWI SODECO), a trans-discipline research entity pursuing solutions to medical and broader socio-economic problems affecting small and developing countries. The chancellor was on his first official visit to the newest medical research facility at UWI, Mona recently, when he was briefed about its research progamme by Professor Terrence Forrester, ... Read More

PHOTO: How do you do?

Sunday, September 14, 2014    

How do you do?

Janet Quarrie (2nd left), project analyst at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Errol Miller, chief technical officer in the Ministry of Labour & Social Security, meet participants at a job fair/employability session at the Knutsford Court Hotel on September 10. The session was hosted by the ministry's Labour Market Information System (LMIS). The LMIS, a free web-based one-stop data information source for job search and placement, is administered by the ministry's Electronic La ... Read More

Government expands opportunities under CAP

Sunday, September 14, 2014    

THE Ministry of Education has expanded opportunities for more than 6,000 students, age 16 to 18, to receive career-related training in 53 institutions islandwide for this school year. Under the revamped Career Advancement Programme (CAP), sixth-form students who are pursuing the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE) have the option of pursuing both the academic and vocational pathways that will enable them to receive dual certification. The CAP sixth form option will include a skil ... Read More



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