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Observer/Flow staging free CSEC workshops for over 800 students

Wednesday, May 07, 2014    

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STUDENTS at Herbert Morrison Technical High School will this Saturday receive exam preparation tips during the third of several islandwide CSEC workshops hosted by the Jamaica Observer in collaboration with Flow.

The free workshop is scheduled to start at 8:30 am and will offer mathematics and English CSEC seminars.

The first instalment was held on April 26, 2014 at Jose Marti Technical High School, while the second workshop was held last Saturday at The Queen's School in Kingston.

To participate, students are required to complete a registration form available in the Jamaica Observer and submit it to the newspaper's branches in Ocho Rios, Montego Bay or Mandeville, or to the head office on Beechwood Avenue in Kingston. Participants will be provided with learning material and lunch free of cost.

"Flow has been the title sponsor of the Observer Schools Tour Programme since 2011 and has remained committed to the improvement of education and helping students prepare for both GSAT and CSEC through the use of our broadband technology," said Gail Abrahams, corporate communications director at Columbus Communications Jamaica Limited, operators of Flow and Columbus Business Solutions.

"As a regional telecommunications provider, we have seen the impact of Internet usage on academic performance in some of our existing school programmes, and so we are committed to providing our technology and resources to prepare students for this important examination," Abrahams added.

In addition to the Observer wokshops, Flow has partnered with online education portal, Edufocal.com to offer special Internet and CSEC deals this month.

The collaboration is designed to help students get ready for the upcoming CSEC examinations.

Flow said that it is giving new customers one month's free Internet and access to one month free on Edufocal.com; as well as free installation and a free wireless upgrade.

"There are a number of online learning tools and resource materials that students can use to help them prepare for their examinations. This special offer is geared towards providing as many students as possible with access to the Internet, as another avenue for learning. We wish our students the best of luck in the next few months," Abrahams said.

Flow is also working with Edufocal.com to post Observer CSEC quizzes on their site and introduce students to the online learning tool via live demonstrations during the workshops.

Edufocal.com uses 'gamification' to present its test material to students on the web-based platform. Students are able to get immediate feedback and gain insight on their weak areas in specific subjects.

In addition to the workshops, Flow also collaborated with the Observer for the TeenAge Expression Tours Finals, held on May 2. The Expression Tours saw schools displaying their creativity and talent each week in the TeenAge Observer for the past seven months.

After this Saturday, the next CSEC workshop is scheduled for May 17 at Belair High School in Mandeville.

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