Careers & Education

Thwaites: Education system must meet needs of labour market

Minister of Education Ronald Thwaites (left) is greeted by
senior prefect at the Merl Grove High School, Jhevelle Gray,
while principal of the institution, Carol Alexander, shares the
moment. Occasion was a function to mark the 90th anniversary
of the school this week. (PHOTO: JIS)

EDUCATION Minister Ronald Thwaites has reiterated calls for the education system to produce graduates who can meet the requirements of the labour market. "We have to look at the marketplace, the society, to ask questions about what is needed from the system; what skills are required, what competenc ... Read More

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PBS to open learning lounge for teachers

Sunday, November 16, 2014    

Michael Lewis (left), general manger of PBS, in conversation with Ronald Thwaites (centre), minister of education and Phillip Paulwell, minister of science,
technology, energy and mining.

PRODUCTIVE Business Solutions (PBS) will be opening a custom-designed learning lounge by mid-December to provide free advanced training for teachers who have received tablets from PBS under the government's tablets in schools pilot project. At the lounge, PBS will introduce and host a series of free workshops for teachers that will expose them to various tools, apps and best practices for a more effective integration of the technology into the classrooms and ultimately to enhance the teaching a ... Read More

FFP helps young medical student

By AINSWORTH MORRIS Career & Education writer | Sunday, November 16, 2014    

Cordell Green (left) accepts his scholarship cheque from Food
for the Poor executive director David Mair.

THE charming smile reserved for patients on the wards at the Kingston Public Hospital would have, up to recently, belied the struggles Cordell Green was facing. But Green was always a fighter, and even the prospect of not being able to complete medical school didn't make his energy falter. The 25-year-old final-year medical student at the University of the West Indies (UWI) had always struggled, from the time he was a boy growing up in Buff Bay, Portland, raised by his mother with five sibling ... Read More

Hello from May Pen

Sunday, November 16, 2014    


This group of girls from May Pen Prep paused to say hi to the Observer team during a school tour last Tuesday. (Photo: Kenyon Hemans) Hello from May Pen --> Read More

Schools shine in fire safety competition

Sunday, November 16, 2014    

Jamaica Fire Brigade district officer Kaysha Davis makes a presentation to
Shanika Williams of St Aloysius Primary School.

IT was the experience of having started a fire that almost resulted in the destruction of her home which inspired young Canardia Simpson to enter the 2014 Jamaica Fire Brigade essay, poster and song competition. "When I was younger and did not really know anything about fire prevention, I lit a piece of paper, got scared of the flame and I threw it in the room. I did not realise that it fell on the curtain and before I knew it, the whole room was on fire," she said. The grade six student of A ... Read More

My worst job, ever

By KIMBERLEY HIBBERT Career & Education reporter | Sunday, November 16, 2014    

My worst job, ever

IN the job market, we often hear the phrase, 'The race is not for the swift, but for those who can endure'. And many people have had their endurance tested in jobs that they have taken for various reasons -- from the need to boost finances to getting required work experience. Below readers share some of the atrocities they have suffered as they've tried to survive, and the most demeaning things they have endured in an effort to please the boss. Roland G, 35, accountant: I'm a single father, ... Read More

Portmore Community College gets new building

Sunday, November 16, 2014    

Dr Morais Guy

A new building, constructed by the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing at a cost of $2.9 million, was officially handed over to the Portmore Community College on November 5. The 549 square-ft concrete post and panel building will serve to boost the capacity of the St Catherine-based institution. Minister with responsibility for Housing, Dr Morais Guy, said the contract for the undertaking was signed on March 12, 2014 with work commencing on March 24. The project also included electrical w ... Read More

CMI scholarship

Sunday, November 16, 2014    


Prime Minister of Antigua and Barbuda Gaston Browne (right), assists Caribbean Shipping Association (CSA) president Grantley Stephenson (centre) and CSA conference and operations manager Dionne Mason-Gordon, in handing over a cheque valued at US $20,000 to Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) executive director Fritz Pinnock at CMI on Wednesday. Looking on are 3rd officer Kymani Seymour and navigation cadet Shane Salmon. The donation went towards a scholarship foundation established by the CSA for ... Read More

CHASE signs MOU for training of early childhood teachers

Sunday, November 16, 2014    

Minister of Education Rev Ronald Thwaites (centre, back row) pose with some of the teachers from the parish of St Mary who were recently honoured by the Early
Childhood Commission (ECC), at a function held at the Casa Maria Hotel, in the parish. Also sharing in the occasion are (from left, back row), Chairman of the ECC,
Professor Maureen Samms-Vaughan, and the ECC Executive Director, Dr Joan Reid.

THE Culture, Health, Arts, Sports, Education (CHASE) Fund has formalised its funding arrangement with six teacher-training institutions for the provision of scholarships in early childhood education at the undergraduate and post-graduate levels. Under the initiative, CHASE has to date awarded 3,383 scholarships valued at over $284 million at the undergraduate level, and in 2014/15, has committed $60 million for teacher training, which includes bachelor's and master's degrees, as well as doctora ... Read More

Ducklings replace genitals in Turkish school texts

Sunday, November 16, 2014    

Ducklings replace
genitals in Turkish
school texts

PICTURES of human genitalia have been removed from a new edition of a standard biology school textbook in Turkey, sparking fresh criticism that the Islamic rooted-government is seeking to promote conservative values. Diagrams showing the inner workings of the penis and vagina have instead been replaced by pictures of fluffy ducklings, cute polar bears and a human mother with her newborn baby, the Hurriyet daily said in its Internet edition. The pictures are in a chapter in the textbook "Reprod ... Read More

$114m for school tablet computer content

Friday, November 14, 2014    

Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip
Paulwell (left) President of Bryan’s Bookstores Limited Paul
Bryan (centre), and Minister of Education Rev Ronald
Thwaites sign a contract for the provision of electronic
content on tablet computers, under the Tablets in Schools
pilot programme, during a ceremony at the Petroleum
Corporation of Jamaica (PCJ), New Kingston, on Wednesday.
Standing are Board members of e-learning Jamaica Limited,
Lloyd Lovindeer (right) and Trevor Francis.

THE Government has spent $114 million for the provision of electronic content on the tablet computers, under the Tablets in Schools pilot programme. Content is available for the subject areas of mathematics, English language, and the sciences from the lower primary to the secondary level. This was disclosed by Minister of Science, Technology, Energy and Mining Phillip Paulwell, during a $76 million contract signing ceremony with members of the local and international publishing fraternity for ... Read More



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