Career & Education

Do school devotions infringe on personal freedoms?

Holy Childhood’s long uniform skirts showcased here by (from left) 1st Deputy Head Girl Rashaine Bean, Head Girl Analyse Parchment, and 2nd Deputy Head Girl Nastacia McFarlane, is a source of controversy.Photo: Bryan Cummings

FOUNDED: January 21, 1937 PRINCIPAL (acting): A Coghiel ADDRESS: 9 Skibo Avenue, Kingston 10 POPULATION: Over 1,700 students THE separation of church and State is a controversial subject that has implications for all facets of society, including the education sector, where some of the argument ... Read More

The Ministry of Education’s Maths Teacher of the Year Oneal McLeod, sets out the objectives of his trigonometry lesson for the day.JNBS Former barber, factory worker is Maths Teacher of the Year
ASK any student from third to fifth form at Godfrey Stewart High School in Savanna-la-Mar, Westmorel ... Read More

Carolyn Marie SMITH Signs you might be losing your job
Dear Career Advisor: I am seeking your advice on a matter. I have been on this, my first job, for a ... Read More

The Observer played host to a group of grade 11 students from Central High School last Wednesday. The students, who travelled from May Pen, Clarendon, learned first-hand about different types of writing, the editorial and advertising processes, and toured some of the newspaper’s key departments.  Here, they record the occasion in the company of one of their teachers, Juliet Jackson (right).Photo: Antonio Graham Learning the ropes
The Observer played host to a group of grade 11 students from Central High School last Wednesday. Th ... Read More

Prince Selassie says future PMs at JC

Sunday, April 24, 2016    

Students of Jamaica College greet Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie inside the Alfred Sangster Auditorium, on Thursday. Sahle-Selassie is on  a nine-day visit to the country.Photo: Garfield Robinson

His Imperial Highness, Prince Ermias Sahle-Selassie, has urged Jamaica College students to strive to be leaders by working hard academically and striving to develop firm principles. The prince addressed the students on Thursday, shortly after arriving in Jamaica for a nine-day visit. “You are the future and I am sure amongst you are some very bright people who will be future prime ministers, scientists and (inventors), but the important thing in education is that you also have the morali ... Read More

The science of cooking

Sunday, April 24, 2016    

A layered pound cake, with alternating interstitial spaces filled with raspberry jam and lemon curd, finished with buttercream frosting

WE all know that we use maths when cooking to halve or double recipes, but have you ever thought about the science behind the way we cook? We’re not talking about molecular gastronomy — though we could be. When we talk about the science of cooking, we’re talking about the basic ways that science impacts the ways we prepare our food. The science of cooking reveals the ways you can find STEM in nearly everything. If the subject interests you, maybe you should look into becoming ... Read More

All in the family

Sunday, April 24, 2016    

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Ruel Reid (right), and his state minister Floyd Green (second right), who are both old boys of Munro College, celebrate with members of the school’s debating team at the launch of its 160th anniversary and scholarship fund at the Medallion Hall Hotel in Kingston, recently.
Munro won the Burger King-sponsored National Secondary Schools’ Debating Championship a week and a half ago, Wednesday, April 13. From left are Evonie Blake, team coach; Mark Smith, principal; Mario Plummer Congo-Nyah; Owayne Honeyghan; and Nahjae Nunes. Photo: Collin Reid

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PHOTO: Holy education

Sunday, April 24, 2016    

Analyse Parchment is head girl of Holy Childhood High School for the 2015-2016 academic year.Photo: Bryan Cummings

Analyse Parchment is head girl of Holy Childhood High School for the 2015-2016 academic year. (Photo: Bryan Cummings) Read More

Last-minute exam prep

Dr Karl | Sunday, April 24, 2016    

It’salmost the end of April and it’s crunch time for students sitting external exams. In a matter of days, the exams will be here and no doubt, many of you are overwhelmed and scared. You may feel ill-equipped and confused. You desire a high score but you feel unprepared. From my experience, you may actually be better prepared than you think, but your emotions are getting the better of you. Stay calm and implement these last-minute suggestions. Make a study timetable. It’s ... Read More

Curfew for kids

Sunday, April 24, 2016    

SSP Steve McGregor (File photo)

Senior Superintendent of Police Stephen McGregor says there is a 9:00 pm curfew in St James for all students 17 years and under. The Senior Superintendent pointed out that the only exception is if the child is in the company of a parent. McGregor, who is the crime chief for the parish, told JIS News that the police are concerned that criminals have been preying on the vulnerability of many young children, luring them into illegal activities and turning their minds against wanting to go to schoo ... Read More

CMI now accepts online applications

Sunday, April 24, 2016    

Caribbean Maritime Institute

Individuals wishing to enrol at Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI) can now do so at the click of a mouse, as the institution has launched an online application portal called Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) system. The ERP system provides a step-by-step interactive guide for enrolment and class registration. Addressing a recent JIS Think Tank Project Manager, Sonia Brown, described the new system as user-friendly, intuitive and provides for easy information management. She said that within a ... Read More

Romain Kenton: The teenage pageant judge

BY ALDANE WALTERS Career & Education writer editorial@jamaicaobserver.com | Sunday, April 17, 2016    

KENTON...when some individuals enter these pageants, it’s not just about winning

AT 17 years old, Clan Carthy High School student Romain Kenton is a pageant judge. Kenton, who describes himself as industrious, goal-oriented, passionate, and driven says his involvement in pageantry as an extra-curricular activity started about three years ago when he represented his school in the Immaculate Modelling Agency’s Mr and Miss Jamaica High School Competition. He didn’t win, but the experience held bigger things for the Kingston native. “At the end of the day, I ... Read More

Itel-BPO: changing the dialogue of working in the BPO industry

Sunday, April 17, 2016    

Who said the world is level?

MONTEGO BAY, St James — As recently as a decade ago, one of the biggest disappointments of high school graduates from western Jamaica who went off to university in Kingston was having to come home to work at the Montego Bay Freeport. In the ‘70s and ‘80s, jobs at the Freeport were limited to garment making. In the late ‘80s and ‘90s, the scope widened to include entry-level positions such as data entry clerks and customer service representatives, but both periods ... Read More

Interpreting essay and structured exam questions

Sunday, April 17, 2016    

Exams are a big part of the assessment procedure at school. It is one method used to determine the extent to which material has been learnt by the student and to provide certification. Exams are not meant to be a source of hardship; they are simply tools of assessing competence. One of the downfalls of exams is that sometimes knowledgeable and competent students may not appear to be such. There could be more than one reasons for this. In my experience, it is usually because they failed to inter ... Read More



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