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 Manchester Co-op awards $750,000 in bursaries http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Manchester-Co-op-awards--750-000-in-bursaries_17404203 MANDEVILLE, Manchester — The Manchester Co-operative Credit Union has this year assisted 21 students with their back-to-school expenses through bursaries valued at $750,000, the co-op's leaders say. Central News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Calling all math teachers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Calling-all-math-teachers_17406958 THE Ministry of Education is inviting teachers of mathematics to come forward to be trained as specialists in the subject. Local News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Guardian Life 'invests' $2m in students http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Guardian-Life--invests---2m-in-students_17406942 TWENTY-THREE students were last Tuesday presented with scholarships and grants at the ninth Annual Guardian Life GSAT Scholarship Awards Ceremony. Local News Mon, 25 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT LASCO helps young women http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/LASCO-helps-young-women_17393171 EIGHT female students were awarded scholarships totalling $500,000 towards their secondary education courtesy of LASCO Distributors Limited through their Curves brand of feminine hygiene products. The Curves GSAT Scholarship was established to help empower young women across the island by directly aiding their educational pursuits. Local Education Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Chadrick Barnes’ college dreams fulfilled by donors http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Chadrick-Barnes--college-dreams-fulfilled-by-donors_17383335 A few weeks ago Chadrick Barnes was on the brink of despair as he saw his dream of attending the Edna Manley College of the Visual and Performing Arts slipping away. Although he was accepted into the drama programme at the school, he had no means of coming up with the tuition fees. That was until two angels stepped in. Local Education Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Vaundez Johnson http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Vaundez-Johnson-_17393064 VAUNDEZ Johnson, interactive marketing and social media specialist at LIME, has been working in this capacity with the telecommunications company for the last two years. Local Education Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Earning while you learn http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Earning-while-you-learn_17355313 MORE students are finding it difficult to fund their tertiary education, but while the Government is working on ways to address the issue, Sutherland Global Services, an international business process outsourcing company, has been providing students with jobs so they may earn while they learn. Local Education Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Smile a while http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Smile-a-while_17393203 From left, Jameili Thomas, Donique Espeut and Shanice Murray wear broad smiles after receiving their awards at the Jamaica Private Power Company's Grade Six Achievement Test(GSAT) scholarship awards ceremony on Thursday. The power company hosted GSAT top students from East Kingston communities at a breakfast at the Jamaica Pegasus hotel. (Photo: Garfield Robinson) Local Education Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: IDB talk http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/IDB-talk_17393196 Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) executives Donna Harris (left) and Jacqueline Mazza chat with Derrick Kellier, minister of labour and social security, and Everton Pryce (right), senior special advisor at the ministry at the launch of the Electronic Labour Exchange (ELE) at the ministry on August 19. The IDB funded the $8 million upgrade of the ELE which supports the ministry's Labour Market Information System — a web-based facility that provides linkages between job seekers and potential employees. Local Education Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT How to prepare for your interview http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/How-to-prepare-for-your-interview_17355444 RECEIVING a call to attend an interview for a possible job is good news for anyone, especially when they've been unemployed for a long period. Local Education Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT $3.4 million in grants awarded under Burger King scholarship programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/-3-4-million-in-grants-awarded-under-Burger-King-scholarship-programme_17393250 TWENTY-ONE students have received scholarships and book grants valued at more than $3.4 million under the Burger King National Scholarship Awards Programme. Local Education Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Thwaites throws out education challenge http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Thwaites-throws-out-education-challenge_17408640 MINISTER of Education Ronald Thwaites has challenged the people of West Rural St Andrew to place importance on education in their households, emphasising that it was Jamaica's number one priority. General News Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Committee to study tertiary education funding set up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Committee-to-study-tertiary-education-funding-set-up_17408773 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Confronted with mounting demands from tertiary students for financial assistance to foot tuition bills, the Government has established a commission to study the medium to long-term funding of tertiary education in Jamaica. General News Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Huge cost for teachers' leave entitlements http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Huge-cost-for-teachers--leave-entitlements_17390340 IF the Ministry of Education were to replace all teachers eligible for vacation leave in addition to all those who have applied for study leave, and those proceeding on retirement leave — a cumulative total of 2,998 — it would cost the country more than $2.5 billion. Local Education Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Education ministry to spend $973 million on textbooks http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/-Education-ministry-to-spend--973-million-on-textbooks_17403329 THE Ministry of Education is spending $973.5 million under the National Textbook Loan Scheme and the Primary Textbook Programme, providing textbooks for students at the primary and secondary levels for the 2014/2015 academic year. Local Education Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Manpower gives back http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Manpower-gives-back_17388395 Children of employees of Manpower & Maintenance Services Limited pose with staff and sponsors after receiving help from the company last week. Thirty-nine students who sat the recent Grade Six Achievement Test were awarded grants, savings vouchers and back-to-school packages. Local Education Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Noranda Bauxite to spend $14-million on education http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Noranda-Bauxite-to-spend--14-million-on-education_17404988 NORANDA Jamaica Bauxite Partners, located in Discovery Bay, St Ann will spend over $14 million on education this year. General News Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Schools employing innovation to succeed http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Schools-employing-innovation-to-succeed_17390265 THOUGH the National Education Inspectorate's (NEI) latest report has shown that approximately half of the school lessons observed by inspectors were 'unsatisfactory', it has admitted that "some innovative practices and the use of time and other material resources were unearthed during inspections". Local Education Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT VMBS presents awards to 63 students http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/VMBS-presents-awards-to-63-students_17393100 SIXTY-THREE students have been awarded scholarships, bursaries and grants by Victoria Mutual Building Society (VMBS) for the 2014/2015 academic year. Local Education Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT National picture shows public schools performing satisfactorily in some areas http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/National-picture-shows-public-schools-performing-satisfactorily-in-some-areas_17388734 FIFTY-SEVEN per cent of public primary and secondary schools have been rated 'satisfactory and above' in leadership and management, and 43 per cent as 'unsatisfactory and below', after 803 school inspections performed so far by the National Education Inspectorate (NEI). Local Education Sun, 24 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Roberts: Relationship between Gov't, JTA not as bad as it seems http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Roberts--Relationship-between-Gov-t--JTA-not-as-bad-as-it-seems_17398271 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Trade unionist and head of the Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Education Institute (HLSTUEI) Danny Roberts says the relationship between the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) and the Government is not as strained as how it is made out to be in the media. Local News Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT 'IMF deal hurting education sector' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/IMF-deal-hurting-education-sector_17396821 MONTEGO BAY, St James — Trade unionist and head of the Hugh Lawson Shearer Trade Union Education Institute Danny Roberts says the local governance of the education sector is "seriously trespassed upon" in the recent agreement between Jamaica and the International Monetary Fund (IMF). Local News Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Ministry expecting smooth start to academic year http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Ministry-expecting-smooth-start-to-academic-year_17388797 THE Ministry of Education says it is taking action to ensure that all primary and secondary schools are adequately prepared for the start of the new school year. Local News Fri, 22 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Most public schools get poor grade in new inspection report http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Most-public-schools-get-poor-grade-in-new-inspection-report_17388536 A mere 39 per cent or 50 public primary and secondary schools assessed in the latest round of inspections by the National Education Inspectorate (NEI) have been rated as effective, the Ministry of Education announced yesterday. Local News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Ministry: GSAT changes will facilitate more targeted approach http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Ministry--GSAT-changes-will-facilitate-more-targeted-approach_17381136 THE Ministry of Education says the changes made to the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) will ensure adequate assessment of the skills and competencies that are necessary for students to transition to secondary school. Local News Thu, 21 Aug 2014 00:05:00 GMT