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 Thwaites reports successful sitting of grade four test http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Thwaites-reports-successful-sitting-of-grade-four-test_19168746 EDUCATION Minister Ronald Thwaites has said that despite some "small hitches", the sitting of the Grade Four Literacy and Numeracy Test on June 30 and July 1 was a success. General News Mon, 06 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Maths champions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Maths-champions_19153522 Ebhana Powell who organised the competition said this will help the students to sharpen their mathematics skills and develop the love and discipline to do the subject. Local Education Mon, 06 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT York Castle wins first greenhouse competition http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/York-Castle-wins-first-greenhouse-competition_19154117 YORK Castle High is the first champion of a Greenhouse competition hosted by Noranda Bauxite Partners among schools in the mining area. North & East News Mon, 06 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Zion Hill Primary takes trophy in health and environment quiz http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Zion-Hill-Primary-takes-trophy-in-health-and-environment-quiz_19153968 FOLLOWING a very competitive match, Zion Hill Primary was declared the winner of the St Mary Health Department Health and Environment Quiz after defeating second place winners Gospel Chapel Preparatory 50 to 32 to take the trophy at the finals held on World Environment Day last month. Local Education Mon, 06 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Joshua heads to Munro! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Joshua-heads-to-Munro-_19153187 AS his mother tells it, when Joshua Anderson was in grade two he could not read at that level. When he was in grade five, he could not do long division. Local Education Sun, 05 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT 'GSAT wasn't hard' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/-GSAT-wasn-t-hard-_19164349 NO extra classes were necessary for Brihalia Kenton as she prepared for GSAT, the high school entrance examination which many parents and teachers have criticised as being too difficult for primary school students. Local Education Sun, 05 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Standardise maths teaching — educators http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Standardise-maths-teaching---educators_19162631 TEACHER trainers are calling for a standardised approach to the teaching of mathematics in an effort to ratchet up student performance in the subject, which has an average pass rate of below 50 per cent based on the 2014 results of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examination. Local Education Sun, 05 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Frustrated with my low performance appraisal scores http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Frustrated-with-my-low-performance-appraisal-scores_19162916 Dear Career Advisor: Local Education Sun, 05 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT JET numbers soar http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/JET-numbers-soar_19153951 THE Japanese Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme hailed its largest Jamaican contingent in its 15-year history two Fridays ago as 34 of the 40 successful participants were treated to a send-off at the Japanese Ambassador's residence on Seaview Avenue in Kingston. Local Education Sun, 05 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT JPS hires 100 for summer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/JPS-hires-100-for-summer_19153952 (From left) Silina Patterson, manager of HR Business Services at Jamaica Public Service JPS; Tania McDonald Tomlinson, head of human resources; Shantel Phoenix and Shaunjaye Mitchell, both students of the University of the West Indies, peruse a document at the utility provider's Summer Employee Programme orientation last Monday, June 29. JPS has engaged 100 students from secondary and tertiary institutions with the aim of providing valuable work experience while helping participants to identify career paths. The programme will run for a period of seven weeks. Local Education Sun, 05 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT EZ win for Clan Carthy, Chetolah Park Primary http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/EZ-win-for-Clan-Carthy--Chetolah-Park-Primary_19153022 APP development company ezLearner found a way to get students more interested in using the tablets distributed under the Government of Jamaica's Tablet in Schools programme: launch a competition that ties rewards to use of the software and equipment. Local Education Sun, 05 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Ensom City Primary records high GSAT scores http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Ensom-s-STARS_19164966 WITH smiles as bright as their Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) performances, the star students were hard to miss as the Jamaica Observer vehicle pulled up to the grounds of Ensom City Primary School in Spanish Town, on Wednesday. Local Education Sun, 05 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Water seminar starts tomorrow http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Water-seminar-starts-tomorrow_19154161 STARTING tomorrow, International sustainability firm Metabolic Foundation will be hosting a seminar at four locations in Kingston. The seminar, which runs for a month, is geared towards solving urban water problems. Local Education Sun, 05 Jul 2015 02:00:00 GMT Church falls short http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Church-falls-short_19153772 SOME local clergymen are agreed that the church, in general, has fallen short of its mandate to protect and preserve the environment, and are urging their congregations to make amends by nixing bad habits like buying more then they need, using plastic bags and bottles, and throwing garbage in the correct bins. Local Education Wed, 01 Jul 2015 00:00:00 GMT Saluting those who have served education http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Saluting_19153203 Several Jamaicans were presented with the Prime Minister's Medal of Appreciation for Service to Education at a function held at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in St Andrew last Wednesday. General News Mon, 29 Jun 2015 02:00:00 GMT Top of the Hill http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Top-of-the-Hill-_19153113 IF you round up by 1.8 percentage points at the most, Mannings Hill Primary in rural St Andrew would have not one, but six perfect Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) scores this year. Local Education Sun, 28 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Julae scores 99.8! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Julae-scores-99-8-_19152988 CRYING and shaking was how Marie Noyan reacted when her daughter Julae Duncan called to report that she had copped what is technically a perfect score in the recent sitting of the Grade Six Achievement test (GSAT). Local Education Sun, 28 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT National Youth Service awards arts fellowships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/National-Youth-Service-awards-arts-fellowships_19152486 THE National Youth Service, in its bid to diversify its offerings to the young people who make use of its services, says those interested in the arts will not be left out going forward. Local Education Sun, 28 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Is sixth form necessary? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Is-sixth-form-necessary-_19153089 Dear Career Advisor: Local Education Sun, 28 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Scotia increases GSAT scholarships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Scotia-increases-GSAT-scholarships_19153025 SCOTIA Foundation will this year increase the number of Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) scholarships it awards, from 15 to 22. Local Education Sun, 28 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Papine High School celebrates 'firsts' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Papine-High-School-celebrates--firsts-_19152773 THERE is a buzz at Papine High School in St Andrew: the school is increasing the number of subjects offered at Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), and it is participating in a range of arts, music and sporting events -- all with a view to making the institution a school of choice in the Corporate Area. Local Education Sun, 28 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Conquerors! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Conquerors-_19153096 From the looks on their faces, these members of St Catherine High School’s Graduating Class of 2015 — (from left) Moesha Wollery, Chevannese McDonald and Brandon Morris — have conquered many a hurdle as per the school motto: prayer and work conquer all. The graduation ceremony was held on the grounds of the Spanish Town-based school on Thursday. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Local Education Sun, 28 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT No work experience? Check the NYS http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/No-work-experience--Check-the-NYS-_19152706 COLLEGE graduates who have difficulty securing employment due to little or no experience in their area of study may have now found a saving grace through the National Youth Service (NYS) and its six-month Graduate Work Experience Programme (GWEP). Local Education Sun, 28 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT Well done! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Well-done-_19153073 Thirteen of the 16 students who were presented with $15,000-bursaries from Massy Distributors based on their Grade Six Ahievement Test (GSAT) performance display their award certificates at the company's Carifta Avenue office in Kingston on Thursday afternoon. They were joined by (back row, from second left) human resource manager Sharon Laidlaw, CEO Richard Barrow, and principal of Ardenne High School Nadine Molloy. Local Education Sun, 28 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT El Shaddai's vindication http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/El-Shaddai-s-vindication_19152926 PRINCIPAL Vilma Woodfine and the staff of independent school El Shaddai Learning Centre are feeling vindicated this year, after an excellent showing by the Grade Six Achievement Test cohort, all of whom have been placed at traditional high schools of their first choice. Local Education Sat, 27 Jun 2015 00:00:00 GMT