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 Tafar-i Williams aspires to be ambassador http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Tafar-i-Williams-aspires-to-be-ambassador_19239799 TAFAR-I Williams, who describes himself as man of God, was made for leadership. He is the kind of person to sit and have a high-level intellectual discussion about the latest current affairs topic. He loves his school, and believes in human development and the improvement of all peoples, regardless of socio-economic background. Local Education Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Glenmuir High tops CSEC English A http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Glenmuir-High-tops-CSEC----English-A_19238071 WHEN Demoni Ellis entered the exam room to sit Caribbean Secondary Examination Council (CSEC) English A on May 19 this year, her aim was to do her best. Little did she know that her best would have secured her the top place in Jamaica, let alone the Caribbean. Local Education Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT 86 Jamaicans gain international certification in French http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/86-Jamaicans-gain-international-certification-in-French_19239526 SEVENTY-SIX Jamaicans and 10 resident foreigners who sat French language competency exams in the summer will receive DELF/DALF certificates from the French Ministry of Education on Wednesday. Local Education Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT New infant school opens in May Pen http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/New-infant-school-opens-in-May-Pen_19239681 SIXTY INFANTS and their parents are happy for the recent opening of the new Seymour Edwards Infant School in May Pen, Clarendon. Local Education Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT 22 Glenmuir students in CXC's top 10 http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/22-Glenmuir-students-in-CXC-s-top-10_19239132 RURAL-AREA secondary high school Glenmuir is celebrating following the publication of this year's regional ranking by subject in the May-June 2015 sitting of Caribbean Examination Council's (CXC's) Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examinations (CAPE). Local Education Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Could studying abroad hurt my chances of finding a job in Jamaica? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Could-studying-abroad-hurt-my-chances-of-finding-a-job-in-Jamaica_19239664 Hello: Local Education Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT The SAT/ACT — your ticket to the game! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/The-SAT-ACT----your-ticket-to-the-game_19239747 FAIR or not, standardised tests are still the gatekeepers to admissions and scholarships at most universities across the United States. Local Education Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT NCTVET awards clients, schools http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/NCTVET-awards-clients--schools_19239680 THE National Council on Technical Vocational Education and Training (NCTVET) on Tuesday honoured 26 individuals who it said have provided consistent quality service for over 15 years, and over 40 institutions that have been long-standing clients. Local Education Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT A gift of a school http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/A-gift-of-a-school_19239777 SINCE the start of November, Food For The Poor (FFP) has completed work on four early childhood institutions in the island, replacing old buildings with brand news ones in two, and expanding two others. Local Education Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Trench Town Polytechnic opens http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Trench-Town-Polytechnic-opens_19239784 YOUNG people in the Corporate Area now have increased options for skills and career training with the opening of the Trench Town Polytechnic College (TTPC) last Tuesday. Local Education Sun, 22 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Ahead of THE CLASS — Campion College Top of Form http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Ahead-of-THE-CLASS--Campion-College-Top-of-Form_19236853 TO say that Janique Lee and Jabari Hastings are exceptional young people would be an understatement. The two have between them eight CSEC 2014 national top 10 placements, including tying for first place in physics. Both students are also well-rounded, Jabari being a member of successful chess and lawn tennis teams for his school, and Janique leading her school's table tennis team. It is therefore no surprise that the eighteen-year-olds have emerged to lead their school population of about 1,500. Local Education Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Gov't investing big in early childhood education http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Gov-t-investing-big-in-early-childhood-education_19238353 Education Minister Ronald Thwaites says the Government is making significant investment in early childhood education as part of the national development process. Local Education Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT HEART Trust to expand its service through 'career coaches' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/HEART-Trust-to-expand-its-service-through--career-coaches-_19238351 THE HEART Trust/National Training Agency (HEART/NTA) has procured additional equipment, valued at over $20 million, which will serve to further expand the institution's delivery of technical and vocational training islandwide. Local Education Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Overseas boarding school: A fit or a miss? http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Overseas-boarding-school--A-fit-or-a-miss-_19238471 OVERSEAS boarding schools have attracted attention among Jmaaican high school students and their parents in recent years. Once an option mainly reserved for the privileged few, generous financial aid and scholarship opportunities at some boarding schools have opened access to a number of applicants. Local Education Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Finding a job with a degree in biology http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Finding-a-job-with-a-degree-in-biology_19238501 Dear Career Advisor, Local Education Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Education programme launched for PATH parents http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Education-programme-launched-for-PATH-parents_19238323 THE Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) has partnered with the National Parenting Support Commission to launch an initiative aimed at increasing parenting skills to ensure that children are healthy and ready mentally and socially to engage the education system at grade one. Local Education Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Have a read! http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Have-a-read-_19238349 Ambassador SR Insanally (right), former minister of foreign affairs for the Cooperative Republic of Guyana, presents a copy of his book Dancing Between the Raindrops to Arnaldo Brown, minister of state in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & Foreign Trade at a launch at the University of the West Indies Regional Headquarters last Wednesday. Ambassador Insanally, who, during his 50-year career as a diplomat, represented Guyana in a range of fora, including the United Nations, Organisation of American States and the Caribbean Community (CARICOM), has written and lectured widely on the subject of diplomacy and international relations in general. Dancing Between the Raindrops covers highlights of his diplomatic career from Guyana's Independence in 1966 to his retirement in 2013. Local Education Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT ECC streamlines process for registration of institutions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/ECC-streamlines-process-for-registration-of-institutions_19238365 THE Early Childhood Commission (ECC) has taken steps to restructure its registration process to better enable all early childhood institutions to meet the required standards for operation. Local Education Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT INTAS class http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/INTAS-class_19238478 It was not your typical classroom, but oncology specialists got a quick lesson and update in cancer treatment from Dr Andre Williams (2nd right), consultant oncologist, Cornwall Regional Hospital, on November 12. Dr Williams was guest speaker at the launch of BORVIZ (Bortezomib) used in the treatment of multiple myeloma, hosted by oncology drug marketing company INTAS Biopharmaceuticals at the Jade Gardens Restaurant. Sharing a conversation at the event are Elizabeth Anderson (right), business manager, INTAS; Lana Bennett, general manager, Kirk Distributors, and Alton Ellington, sales manager. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Local Education Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Heritage awards http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Heritage-awards_19238477 Heritage Education Funds International presented their 20th Anniversary International Teachers Awards of Excellence at a function at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on November 10. Here, Heritage President & CEO Jason Maguire (left) and Jamaica Agency Director Lyndie Headley (centre) pose with awardees (from second left) Vivienne Richards, Allison Graham and Ffrenchie Taylor. (PHOTO: GARFIELD ROBINSON) Local Education Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Garvey Maceo gets skills & empowerment centre http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Garvey-Maceo-gets-skills---empowerment-centre_19238468 STUDENTS and faculty of Garvey Maceo High School and the surrounding community in Clarendon are celebrating the launch of a project for the establishment of the Garvey Maceo Skills and Empowerment Centre. Local Education Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT UWI symposium explores regional impact of Bolívar's 'Jamaica letter' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/UWI-symposium-explores-regional-impact-of-Bol-var-s--Jamaica-letter-_19238469 THE progression of Latin American and Caribbean integration over the past 200 years was the focus of a symposium at the Regional Headquarters of the University of the West Indies (UWI) on November 11. Local Education Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Mico students get scholarships http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Mico-students-get-scholarships_19238359 The Mico University College last Tuesday held its annual presentation of scholarship awards ceremony, which saw 39 students receiving bursaries with an overall value of $5 million. Here scholarship recipients are joined by scholarship donors, members of staff, and other members of the Mico family. Local Education Sun, 15 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT Hundreds of Pakistani 'ghost schools' have funding stopped http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Hundreds-of-Pakistani--ghost-schools--have-funding-stopped_19238508 PAKISTAN has halted funding to hundreds of "ghost schools" and fired 450 absentee teachers, as officials vowed to crack down on the practice in the southwestern province of Baluchistan. Local Education Sun, 15 Nov 2015 03:00:00 GMT 'Ranking does not (necessarily) equate success' http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/-Ranking-does-not--necessarily--equate-success-_19235170 STATISTICS about college rankings are highly referenced resources when students start their college search. But it is not as great an idea as many parents and aspiring college students are often led to believe. Local Education Sun, 08 Nov 2015 00:00:00 GMT