Career & Education

Joshua heads to Munro!

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 ... Read More

St Thomas’ top GSAT student Brihalia Kenton at her recent graduation from Yallahs Primary
School. (PHOTOS: COURTESY OF YALLAHS PRIMARY) 'GSAT wasn't hard'
NO extra classes were necessary for Brihalia Kenton as she prepared for GSAT, the high school entran ... Read More

(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) Standardise maths teaching — educators
TEACHER trainers are calling for a standardised approach to the teaching of mathematics in an effort ... Read More

Frustrated with my low performance appraisal scores
Dear Career Advisor: I am almost at the end of my probationary period in an over-the-telephone cust ... 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 editorial@jamaicaobserver.com | 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
MILLER BURKE)

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 editorial@jamaicaobserver.com | 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 thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | 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

Saluting those who have served education

Monday, June 29, 2015    

Rev Canon Peter Alexander Mullings gets a kiss from Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller

Several Jamaicans were presented with the Prime Minister's Medal of Appreciation for Service to Education at a function held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in St Andrew last Wednesday. The Jamaica Observer was there and shares some of the action with you: (PHOTOS: MICHAEL GORDON) Read More

Top of the Hill

BY KIMONE THOMPSON Associate Editor -- Features thompsonk@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, June 28, 2015    

The six students of Mannings Hill Primary School in rural St Andrew who recorded exceptionally high scores in the Grade Six Achievement Test this year. From
left, they are Dainalissa Saddler, Crystal Francis, Tahjay McKenson, Britney Gayle, Ackera Bogle and in the back, Pahjay Plunkett. (PHOTO: KIMONE THOMPSON)

IF you round up by 1.8 percentage points at the most, Mannings Hill Primary in rural St Andrew would have not one, but six perfect Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) scores this year. That's because, in addition to the 100 per cent average of head girl Dainalissa Saddler, there is the 99.4 per cent scored by Ackera Bogle, the 98.8 per cent bagged by both Pahjay Plunkett and Tahjay McKenson, the 98.6 per cent copped by Britney Gayle, and the 98.2 per cent recorded by Crystal Francis. Saddler, Pl ... Read More

Julae scores 99.8!

BY ALDANE WALTERS career&Education writer editorial@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, June 28, 2015    

Julae Duncan (left) and her bestie Sheniel McKnight are both heading to Wolmer’s Girls’ School
in September.

CRYING and shaking was how Marie Noyan reacted when her daughter Julae Duncan called to report that she had copped what is technically a perfect score in the recent sitting of the Grade Six Achievement test (GSAT). Noyan was at work at the National Housing Trust (NHT) and was so caught up in celebration that she couldn't hear co-workers enquiring about her daughter's results so that they could join in the celebration. "It was pandemonium in the office. I started crying and shaking," she told t ... Read More

National Youth Service awards arts fellowships

Sunday, June 28, 2015    

The National Youth Service (NYS) team (from left), acting programmes director Naketa West,
deputy director of community services Nickesha Lindsay, chairperson of the NYS Maureen
Webber, and director of community services Omar Newell. (PHOTO: ANTONIO GRAHAM)

THE National Youth Service, in its bid to diversify its offerings to the young people who make use of its services, says those interested in the arts will not be left out going forward. The agency, responding to questions at last week's Jamaica Observer Monday Exchange, pointed to its recently-launched partnership with Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts as one of the avenues through which youth interested in art will be engaged. Deputy Director of Community Services Nickesh ... Read More



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