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 Science meets dancehall http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Science-meets-dancehall_90030 The JN Foundation is collaborating with Professor Christopher Emdin to launch Science Genius Jamaica, a new education project that will fuse dancehall music with science. Local News Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT School-based enterprises could fix bad economy — educators http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/School-based-enterprises-could-fix-bad-economy---educators_89904 Minister of Education Ruel Reid, having acknowledged the importance of social enterprises, has suggested that investing in the entrepreneurial development of students could be the answer to the economic turmoil that the country has been experiencing for decades. Local Education Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Irrigation commission awards 14 scholarships to employees’ children http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Irrigation-commission-awards-14-scholarships-to-employees--children_89935 Fourteen children of employees of the National Irrigation Commission Limited (NIC) walked away from a presentation ceremony in Kingston two Wednesdays ago with scholarships valued at over $700,000. Local Education Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Caribbean, Russian youth sign pact http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Caribbean--Russian-youth-sign-pact_89863 Young people in the Caribbean have signed an agreement with their peers in Russia with a view to fostering higher levels of social and cultural cooperation between the two. Local Education Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Want to master CXC maths? There’s an app for that! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Want-to-master-CXC-maths--There-s-an-app-for-that-_89890 A group of Caribbean professionals last week rolled out an application to help students master mathematics at the Caribbean Examination Council (CXC) level. Local Education Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT More males entering nursing http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/More-males-entering-nursing_89895 Male nurses are a rarity anywhere in the world, but if the enrolment figures at the University of Technology (UTech), Jamaica’s Caribbean School of Nursing are anything to go by, things appear to be changing. Local Education Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Pump it up! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Pump-it-up-_89862 The Pre University Men’s Programme (PUMP) last week received a significant investment to help at-risk and unattached men enrolled in the programme complete their studies at the university college. Local Education Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT PHOTO — Soldier boys http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/PHOTO---Soldier-boys_89964 Army careers were a popular pick for students of Glowell Preparatory in Cedar Grove, Portmore, which observed Career Day on Friday. Local Education Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT PHOTO — Shadie’s achievement http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/PHOTO---Shadie-s-achievement_89949 Judges at Thursday’s young entrepreneurs pitch put on by Junior Achievement Jamaica (from second left) Francine Richards, Andre Mangue and Kevin White, all from Jamaica Public Service, seem pleased with the entry from Shadie Parchement — a canvas painting of an Air Jamaica aircraft. Parchment, who is epileptic, also makes costume jewellery and wicker baskets, which she entered in the competition as well. The pitch was part of National Careers Week observed February, 11-17. Local Education Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Paediatric nursing students advance http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Paediatric-nursing-students-advance_89685 The first cohort of Caribbean nurses undergoing specialist training to care for children with cancer and blood disorders have successfully completed the first semester, the University of the West Indies (UWI) has announced. Local Education Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Black River Primary math wave gets thumbs up http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Black-River-Primary-math-wave-gets-thumbs-up_89874 Acting principal of the Black River Primary and Infant School Sharon Whyte (second right) and guidance counsellor, Michelle Spence-Kelly (second left), are all smiles as they showcase their innovative math dollars utilised as part of the school’s Mathematics Wave Initiative. Joining them are Sandals Foundation ambassadors from Sandals South Coast Melissa Gordon (left) and Rochelle Forbes, who were visiting the school to present school supplies, backpacks and books for the school’s library. Spence-Kelly and other teachers at the school successfully launched the Mathematics Wave Initiative to arouse their students’s interest and improve their overall performance in the subject. With their long-standing commitment to the education of Jamaica’s children, the Sandals Foundation was more than happy to support the initiative. Local News Sat, 18 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT Photo: Safer Internet Day http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Photo--Safer-Internet-Day_89671 Joy Clark, Digicel Head of Sales – West (front), raps with students of Green Pond High School in St James, during the first of two interactive sessions held at the institution to mark Safer Internet Day last week. (Photo : Trescott Myers) Observer West Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Olive Davis heads University of California programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Olive-Davis-heads-University-of-California-programme_84995 OLIVE Davis is flying the Jamaican flag high in California’s San Francisco Bay Area, having dedicated her life to teaching entrepreneurship to young people in the highly successful “innovation hub of the world”, home to the world’s top tech firms such as Google, Apple and Microsoft. Local Education Sun, 12 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Lunch and learn http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Lunch-and-learn_89107 Ten high school students preparing to sit Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams in May/June this year got a different kind of schooling on Wednesday when they sat at the feet of LASCO Financial Services Limited (LFSL) executives. Local Education Sun, 12 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT UCC rebrands, changes name to University of the Commonwealth Caribbean http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/UCC-rebrands--changes-name-to-University-of-the-Commonwealth-Caribbean_89170 The University College of the Caribbean (UCC) Board of Directors has announced that the institution is rebranding and changing its name to the “University of the Commonwealth Caribbean”, to reflect its new institutional profile and positioning. Local Education Sun, 12 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT How do I dress professionally on a budget? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/How-do-I-dress-professionally-on-a-budget-_89186 Dear Career Advisor: Local Education Sun, 12 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT How to enhance memory and learning http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/How-to-enhance-memory-and-learning_88408 Good memory is critical for all of us, but especially so for students, regardless of age. It is a fact that memory and learning are inseparable. Memory is the way in which we store, activate and retain knowledge and skills to be recalled and put to use at a later date. It is a highly complicated process involving numerous components. Local Education Sun, 12 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT GG outlines education plans for new budget year http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/GG-outlines-education-plans-for-new-budget-year_89177 Government says it will fully implement the National Standards Curriculum (NSC) for grades one to nine this year, increase spending on upgrading school plants, continue work on eliminating the shift system in secondary schools, and expand the school-feeding programme, among other things as it continues the transformation of the education sector. Local Education Sun, 12 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT PHOTO: Energising http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/PHOTO--Energising_89219  Using a model of the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) Upper White River hydro plant on the border of St Ann and St Mary, marketing officer Stacey Samuels explains the process of hydroelectricity generation to grade three students of Mona Prep School at the plant, Thursday. JPS facilitated the students on a field trip to the facility to expose them to different ways in which the utility provider serves the community, the importance of safety at the workplace, energy education, and careers in energy. The field trip was part of a lesson on community. (Photo: Aston Spaulding) Local Education Sun, 12 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT Paul Adams awarded outstanding principal http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Paul-Adams-awarded-outstanding-principal-_89178 Principal of Herbert Morrison Technical High School in St James Paul Patrick Adams is the Jamaica Teaching Council’s (JTC’s) Outstanding Principal for 2016. Local Education Sun, 12 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT ECC calls on parents, teachers to keep children safe http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/ECC-calls-on-parents--teachers-to-keep-children-safe_89181 Acting Executive Director of the Early Childhood Commission (ECC) Karlene Degrasse-Deslandes is imploring parents, teachers and caregivers at early childhood institutions to pay more attention to the safety and security of the children in their care. Local Education Sun, 12 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT 10 different ways to say you’re speechless http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/10-different-ways-to-say-you-re-speechless_89088 If you are rendered speechless, you’re “temporarily deprived of speech by strong emotion, physical weakness, exhaustion, etc: speechless with alarm”. Local Education Sun, 12 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT Outstanding cop http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Outstanding-cop_83541 Sergeant Nickoyon Brown, sub-officer in charge of stores at the police commissioner’s office, is a firm believer in “giving from the little you have because it will come back around ten-fold”. Local Education Sun, 05 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT HEART launches three-year Absorptive Capacity programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/HEART-launches-three-year-Absorptive-Capacity-programme_88532 Approximately 10,000 HEART Trust/NTA trainees are slated to benefit from a three-year Absorptive Capacity programme which is to commence on April 1, 2017 in select tertiary institutions across the island. Students are to undergo skills training offered in industry-driven areas targeted for economic growth including Business Process Outsourcing, Agriculture, Transportation and Logistics and Hospitality Services. The programme is being implemented through a partnership between the Joint Committee for Tertiary Education (JCTE) and the HEART Trust/NTA in light of demands for increased access to higher learning skills training opportunities. Local Education Sun, 05 Feb 2017 03:00:00 GMT Jamaica won’t be ready for CXC e-testing any time soon http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Jamaica-won-t-be-ready-for-CXC-e-testing-any-time-soon_88521 Education minister Ruel Reid has applauded the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) on its launch last month of an electronic testing platform, even while conceding that Jamaica won’t be ready “any time soon” to use the facility, especially not for exams with large numbers of candidates. Local Education Sun, 05 Feb 2017 00:00:00 GMT