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 'Mediocre' schools a major challenge for education ministry http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/-Mediocre--schools-a-major-challenge-for-education-ministry_17572483 THE latest report from the National Education Inspectorate (NEI), tabled in the House of Representatives on Wednesday, says that students attainment in English and mathematics surpassed the ministry's targets in only two per cent of the schools inspected up to March this year. General News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Thwaites unhappy with protestors over Tivoli Gardens High uniform length http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Thwaites-unhappy-with-protestors-over-Tivoli-Gardens-High-uniform-length_17559135 EDUCATION Minister Ronnie Thwaites has expressed disappointment over Wednesday's protest by a group of female students from the Tivoli Gardens High School who staged a protest in front of his ministry's Heroes' Circle headquarters. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Cavaliers All-Age students get tablet computers http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Cavaliers-All-Age-students-get-tablet-computers-_17568970 THE nearly 100 students of the Cavaliers All-age School in West Rural St Andrew began receiving tablet computers on Wednesday, as the Government's $1.4-billion Tablets in Schools pilot programme was rolled out at the institution. Local News Fri, 19 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Cross Keys High starts sixth form today http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Cross-Keys-High-starts-sixth-form-today_17548404 STUDENTS who live in and around South Manchester will have the opportunity to pursue Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) level studies at Cross Keys High School, situated in that area, which commences its sixth form programme today. Local News Mon, 15 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT UWI Guild gives back to August Town http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/UWI-Guild-gives-back-to-August-Town_17532387 JUST two weeks into the start of the new academic year, the University of the West Indies (UWI) Guild Council has already embarked on one of its major outreach projects for the year. Local Education Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT 9 ones for Avaughn Prendergast http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/9-ones-for-Avaughn-Prendergast_17511500 LIFE in the sleepy, rural district of Victoria, St Catherine, was not the best launching pad for a child who wanted to excel academically, but Avaughn Prendergast was determined to do well. Local Education Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT Let's talk about engineering http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Let-s-talk-about-engineering_17534310 Dr Morais Guy (2nd right), minister without portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing greets Gary Ferguson (left), customer relations officer, Caribbean Cement Company, at the launch of Jamaica Institution of Engineers' (JIE) Engineers' Week at the University of Technology on September 4. Looking on are Dr Noel Brown, president, JIE, and Sharon Smith of Jamaica National. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Local Education Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT Venture capital experience for MSBM students http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Venture-capital-experience-for-MSBM-students_17535056 MONA School of Business and Management (MSBM) students Lashana Whyte and Latoya Thompson Hall got valuable lessons in funding entrepreneurship, as guests of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) at the second annual Development Bank of Jamaica venture capital conference held September 9 at the Jamaica Conference Centre. Local Education Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT PHOTO: A Holy Trinity greeting http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/A-Holy-Trinity-greeting_17534393 These four young ladies from Holy Trinity High School paused for a moment to smile after performing at the Ministry of Labour and Social Security's job fair and employability session at the Knutsford Court Hotel on September 10. (Photo: Garfield Robinson) Local Education Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT Wolmer's Boys' to open new auditorium http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Wolmer-s-Boys--to-open-new-auditorium_17526908 COME April 2015, Wolmer's Boys' School will open a new state-of-the-art, energy-efficient auditorium. Local Education Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT Arnold Foote Foundation disburses over $1m to CARIMAC students http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Arnold-Foote-Foundation-disburses-over--1m-to-CARIMAC-students_17510627 THE Arnold Foote Foundation has handed over cheques totalling $1,050,000 to three outstanding Caribbean Institute of Media and Communication (CARIMAC) students enrolled in the bachelor of arts integrated marketing communications (IMC) programme for the 2014-2015 academic year. Local Education Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT Video workshops a success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Video-workshops-a-success_17532484 SOME of Jamaica's leading players in the film/television industry this summer shared their knowledge and skills with 30 young people over 12 days. Local Education Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT Chancellor sees UWI progress in medical research http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Chancellor-sees-UWI-progress-in-medical-research_17533627 SIR George Alleyne, chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI), has commended the work being done at UWI Solutions for Developing Countries (UWI SODECO), a trans-discipline research entity pursuing solutions to medical and broader socio-economic problems affecting small and developing countries. Local Education Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT PHOTO: How do you do? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/How-do-you-do-_17534314 Janet Quarrie (2nd left), project analyst at the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and Errol Miller, chief technical officer in the Ministry of Labour & Social Security, meet participants at a job fair/employability session at the Knutsford Court Hotel on September 10. The session was hosted by the ministry's Labour Market Information System (LMIS). The LMIS, a free web-based one-stop data information source for job search and placement, is administered by the ministry's Electronic Labour Exchange Division which recently benefited from an $8 million upgrade funded by the IDB. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Local Education Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT Government expands opportunities under CAP http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Government-expands-opportunities-under-CAP_17510652 THE Ministry of Education has expanded opportunities for more than 6,000 students, age 16 to 18, to receive career-related training in 53 institutions islandwide for this school year. Local Education Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT COK awards scholarships, grants http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/COK-awards-scholarships--grants COK Sodality Co-operative Credit Union has awarded over half a million dollars in academic bursaries, grants, and scholarships to primary, secondary and tertiary students who have performed exceptionally at their respective levels. Local Education Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT Back-to-school book grants for children of employees of Continental Baking Company http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Back-to-school-book-grants-for-children-of-employees-of-Continental-Baking-Company_17532523 Some of the children of employees of Continental Baking Company gather recently after receiving grants. Eighty-eight children of staff members received $10,000 grants to help with back-to-school expenses. The company, owners of the National, HTB and HoMade brands, started the tradition some 27 years ago. The present chairman, Butch Hendrickson, like his father Karl who started the initiative, said he is deeply committed to the National family, and has therefore ensured that this charitable programme continues year after year. To participate in this programme, students must be at the secondary level and must have been accepted into a high school, technical school, junior or comprehensive high school. Local Education Sun, 14 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT Eltham High says goodbye to shift system http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Eltham-High-says-goodbye-to-shift-system_17542688 THE St Catherine-based Eltham High School is now a single shift institution. The school has joined the list of 16 and growing secondary schools that are scheduled to come off the shift system during this academic year. Local Education Sun, 14 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Official confident Jamaica will achieve literacy target http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Official-confident-Jamaica-will-achieve-literacy-target_17511515 NATIONAL Literacy Coordinator Dr Andre Hill is confident that the country will attain its target of 85 per cent literacy at the primary level by next year. Local News Wed, 10 Sep 2014 02:00:00 GMT Beating the odds http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Beating-the-odds_17467586 It is September 2005 and 14 year-old Necas Collins is at home in Falcon, Seaview Gardens, disoriented and depressed. Rejections from high schools have come in fast and furious and he faces what is likely to be a dead end of no education and no future. Local Education Sun, 07 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT PALAS Awards honours top students http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/PALAS-Awards-honours-top-students_17412498 NOW in its fourth year, the Peace and Love Academic Scholarship (PALAS) Awards were presented at the Chemistry Lecture Theatre of the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus on Saturday, August 23, 2014. Local Education Sun, 07 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT New ACCA initiative to open free business course to anyone, anywhere http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/New-ACCA-initiative-to-open-free-business-course-to-anyone--anywhere_17481981 A new programme initiative, due to be launched tomorrow, September 8, 2014, will allow anyone, anywhere in the world to get a better understanding of how to run a business, thanks to a collaboration between global accountancy body ACCA (Association of Chartered Certified Accountants), the University of Exeter Business School and online learning platform FutureLearn. Local Education Sun, 07 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT From welfare to well-being http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/From-welfare-to-well-being_17483368 MINISTER of Labour and Social Security Derrick Kellier says the annual Steps-to-Work summer camps have been successful in helping to reintegrate at-risk young people into the formal education system. Local Education Sun, 07 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT My Red Summer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/My-Red-Summer_17483489 My first day on internship reminded me of my first day at the University of Miami; no familiar faces, yet a warm and welcoming environment. Local Education Sun, 07 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT More e-books for UWI http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/More-e-books-for-UWI_17483673 THE University of the West Indies (UWI) is expanding its drive to put the cost of textbooks well within the reach of students at the tertiary level with the introduction of electronic textbooks, which could cut book costs by more than 50 per cent. Local Education Sun, 07 Sep 2014 01:00:00 GMT