Jamaica Observer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/ JamaicaObserver.com, the most concise and in-depth website for news coverage on Jamaica and the Caribbean. Updated daily 7 days a week, 24 hours a day en-us copyright Jamaica Observer, 2011 Steady GSAT passes in maths, language arts since 2013 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Steady-GSAT-passes-in-maths--language-arts-since-2013_75623 THE Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is reporting steady pass rates in the number of students who sat Mathematics and English in the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) over the past four sittings. Local News Fri, 30 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Another 168 basic schools to be merged http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Another-168-basic-schools-to-be-merged_75548 THE Ministry of Education says it plans to rationalise 168 more basic schools during this fiscal year in order to strengthen the early childhood sector. Local Education Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Pilot math project for parents starts November http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Pilot-math-project-for-parents-starts-November_75463 THE Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be implementing its mathematics pilot project for parents in November. Local News Thu, 29 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT Seaview Basic needs assistance to meet government standards http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Seaview-Basic-needs-assistance-to-meet-government-standards_75168 PRINCIPAL of Seaview Basic School in Long Bay, Portland, Claudia Smith, says the school is seeking the necessary assistance to meet the 12 standards set by the Early Childhood Commission for early childhood institutions across the island. Local News Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Tacky High student nails 15 CSEC subjects http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Tacky-High-student-nails-15-CSEC-subjects_75152 FINANCIAL struggles coupled with the ill-health of his father forced Devrow Boyd to make tough decisions, one of which should have affected him academically but the St Mary teen knew that he would have prevailed. Local News Mon, 26 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Lee-Chin schools Kingston High students in avenues to success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Lee-Chin-schools-Kingston-High-students-in-avenues-to-success_75048 Using the story of his life and how he rose from being a poor boy in Portland to one of the richest men in Jamaica and Canada today as illustration, billionaire businessman and philanthropist Michael Lee-Chin on Wednesday sought to inspire grade 11 students of Kingston High School to greatness. Local Education Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘I wasted my time in school, now it’s haunting me’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/-I-wasted-my-time-in-school--now-it-s-haunting-me--------_74952 Dear Career Advisor: Local Education Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Caribbean has lowest tertiary enrolment in the West http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Caribbean-has-lowest-tertiary-enrolment-in-the-West_74959 THE Caribbean has the lowest enrolment in tertiary education in the Western Hemisphere, and Jamaica is among those countries with the lowest figures in the region. Local Education Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Passion for People http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Passion-for-People_75086 J Wray & Nephew has launched a leadership development programme which it says represents the dawn of a new era in people development at the Campari-owned wines and spirits manufacturer. Called the Campari Way of People Management, the programme promises participants that they will ‘emerge proud to be, and recognised as a Campari Manager’, which means, among other things, that they would have “developed greater self-awareness and people management capabilities with an improved ability to manage people and process, and equipped with tools to execute with excellence”. The launch event, a workshop dubbed Passion for People, was held at the company’s corporate office on Dominica Drive in New Kingston on Thursday. Here (from left), minister without portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister Horace Chang, J Wray & Nephew Managing Director Jean-Philippe Beyer, Chief Executive Officer of Private Sector Organisation of Jamaica Dennis Chung, and J Wray & Nephew Chairman Clement ‘Jimmy’ Lawrence exchange pleasantries. (Photo: Garfield Robinson) Local Education Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT SUNY, UWI establish Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/SUNY--UWI-establish-Center-for-Leadership-and-Sustainable-Development-_74760 New York City, USA — The State University of New York (SUNY) and The University of the West Indies (UWI) on Tuesday launched SUNY UWI Center for Leadership and Sustainable Development, which will, among other things, offer double degrees at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels and pursue joint research. Local Education Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Strategies for successful online learning http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Strategies-for-successful-online-learning_73773 Online learning is increasingly popular around the world and in Jamaica. The term, which is interchangeable with e-learning or electronic learning, refers to learning that takes place via the Internet, through videos, email and discussion threads. While online course content is usually identical to that of a traditional classroom, the usual face-to-face instruction of the traditional classroom is absent. Local Education Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Rural students poised for CSEC success in 2017 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Rural-students-poised-for-CSEC-success-in-2017_74213 Students from four rural non-traditional high schools in St Mary and Manchester seem ready to ace the core subjects in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams next year. Local Education Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Living your passion http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Living-your-passion_75054 Every two years Sagicor hosts a one-day motivational seminar to promote self-development, increase energy and encourage sales team members across the group to work towards achieving business goals. The seminar also serves as a push towards completing the last quarter on a positive financial note. This year’s edition was held at the Jamaica Pegasus last week Saturday under the theme ‘Living Your Passion’. Guest speakers included Kelly Tomblin, CEO, Jamaica Public Service; and Novelette Grant, deputy commissioner of police. Local Education Sun, 25 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Little Leaders learning kits now being distributed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Little-Leaders-learning-kits-now-being-distributed_74876 Distribution of the Little Leaders learning kits to more than 2,500 early childhood institutions commenced Wednesday. Local News Fri, 23 Sep 2016 02:00:00 GMT It’s illegal to withhold exam results! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/It-s-illegal-to-withhold-exam-results_74790 THE Ministry of Education says educational institutions, including universities, that continue to withhold students’ final examination results because of money owing are doing so illegally as the practice is against Government policy. Local Education Thu, 22 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Jamalco donates 1,500 GSAT maths, science workbooks http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Jamalco-donates-1-500-GSAT-maths--science-workbooks_74410 Bauxite company Jamalco last Friday presented over 1,500 copies of Jamaica Observer’s Grade Six Achievement Test math and science workbooks, worth over $700,000, to 22 schools. Local News Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Dynamo Dunbar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Dynamo-Dunbar_74349 Garth Dunbar has found himself in a quandary. Local Education Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Put robotics in curriculum, Calabar head urges MoE http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Put-robotics-in-curriculum--Calabar-head-urges-MoE_74212 The principal of all-boys school Calabar High Albert Corcho is calling on the Ministry of Education and other education stakeholders to give serious consideration to adding robotics to the secondary school curriculum in line with a thrust to encourage more students to pursue Science, Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)-based careers. Local Education Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Calabar launches robotics programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Calabar-launches-robotics-programme_74211 Supported by a wealth of global research that has found that boys learn better in hands-on, practical approaches, all-boys school Calabar High has positioned itself to revolutionise the educational development of its students with its recently launched robotics programme. Local Education Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Former child vendor wins Legacy Scholarship http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Former-child-vendor-wins-Legacy-Scholarship-_73768 From the time he was three years old, Chevano Baker’s resilience and fortitude were being shaped in and around the Christiana market. Local Education Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Are you scholarship-ready? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Are-you-scholarship-ready-_74267 Aaaahhh the excitement and hope of a new school year! What better time to forward plan, consider your goals and profile, and take the steps to ensure that you make this school year count? So ... are you scholarship-ready? Here are some questions you should ask yourself and steps you can take to get there. Local Education Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT Prisoners pass CSEC exams http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Prisoners-pass-CSEC-exams_74209 Human rights group Stand Up for Jamaica (SUFJ) announced last week that 83 per cent of the prisoners who sat Caribbean Secondary Certificate Examination (CSEC) papers this year were successful in at least one subject. Local Education Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘Committed to developing future workforce’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/-Committed-to-developing-future-workforce-_74127 Over 40 interns from Jamaica, Barbados, St Lucia, Dominica, Guyana, and as far away as Canada participated in this year’s B-H and Harris Paints Youth Employment programme, which ran from May to the end of August. Local Education Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT SRC opens science labs in schools http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/SRC-opens-science-labs-in-schools_74284 The Scientific Research Council (SRC) has, so far, opened science laboratories in four of eight participating primary and secondary schools in its Improving Innovation Capacities in the Caribbean (INVOCAB) project. Local Education Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT ‘Now I can go back to school!’ http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/-Now-I-can-go-back-to-school--_74121 Twenty-eight-year-old research analyst Jason Martinez admits to being naturally cautious and particularly picky about using social media, so when he was told that he was a winner in Scotiabank’s Share your Thoughts online competition, he did not believe a word of it. Local Education Sun, 18 Sep 2016 00:00:00 GMT