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 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 Teachers, Thwaites again on collision course http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/JTA-anger-boiling_17373602 WITH anger simmering inside the Jamaica Teachers' Association (JTA) over Education Minister Ronald Thwaites' strong objection to teachers taking vacation leave during instructional days, the head of the teachers' union is warning that the arrangement cannot be changed without consensus. Local Education Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:05:00 GMT PHOTO: Solid Gold http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Solid-Gold_17371415 Students who were awarded NCB Employees Co-operative Credit Union 2014 Treasure Chest Solid Gold GSAT scholarships beam with pride at the awards ceremony held at Alhambra Inn in Kingston on August 7. With them are Josephine Bennett-Darmand (back row left), president of NCB credit union; and Elaine Foster-Allen (back row second left), permanent secretary, Ministry of Education. Local News Mon, 18 Aug 2014 00:05:00 GMT Gov't moves to further strengthen early childhood education programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Gov-t-moves-to-further-strengthen-early-childhood-education-programme_17343784 THE Ministry of Education is targeting the merger and/or construction of 200 early childhood institutions in the coming school year. Local News Mon, 18 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Private schools in trouble http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Private-schools-in-trouble_17352548 SOME private high schools will have to close next month as they are unable to stay open without the aid of government-financed Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) placements, the head of the Jamaica Independent Schools Association (JISA) has said. General News Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Nicola Scott is ATL's Team Member of the Year http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Nicola-Scott-is-ATL-s-Team-Member-of-the-Year_17355703 "THE first thing I saw from ATL were the uniformed technicians and their trademark service vans. I admired them so much, and I said to myself, 'That's where I need to be'," explained ATL's Nicola Scott. Local Education Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT The wealth advisor http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/The-wealth-advisor_17355592 FOR the last six years, Jean-Ann Panton has been serving Stocks and Securities Limited as a wealth advisor -- a professional who, in addition to maximising returns on clients' financial investments, has to constantly keep abreast of everything happening on the stock market. Local Education Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT GraceKennedy revives popular Jamaican birthright programme http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/GraceKennedy-revives-popular-Jamaican-birthright-programme_17355611 AFTER being on hiatus for a period of six years, GraceKennedy has announced that it is reviving its Jamaican Birthright programme. The programme started in 2004 with the aim of giving second and third-generation university students internships at GraceKennedy in Jamaica, exposing them to a diversified Jamaican experience through music, social activities and professional tutelage. Local Education Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Environmentally aware http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Environmentally-aware_17319102 Michael Fraser, LASCO Re-Leaf Environmental Awareness Programme (REAP) project co-ordinator, and Kelia-Gaye Dunbar (back right), LASCO Distributors Limited marketing manager, share a moment with students of St Jago Cathedral Prep's Environmental Club, winners of the LASCO REAP competition recently. The school was presented with the first of 10 new computers for their lab. Sharing in the moment is Victoria Smikle (back left) and Nadia Guy from the school. Local Education Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT JSIF's birth certificate programme opens doors for 12-y-o http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/JSIF-s-birth-certificate-programme-opens-doors-for-12-y-o_17343656 TWELVE-YEAR-OLD Tashana, who has her eyes set on becoming a lawyer, will take the first step towards that dream in September when she enters first form. Local Education Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Two named NCB Foundation all-island champions http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Two-named-NCB-Foundation-all-island-champions_17343669 THE NCB Foundation has named two young women -- Andrene Hutchinson and Jenelle Longinius — its All-Island National Champions, awarding each scholarships valued at $500,000 to attend university this semester. Local Education Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Student athlete Zinedine Russell scores big http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Student-athlete-Zinedine-Russell-scores-big-_17365094 SHE was not surprised when she blew through her Caribbean Secondary Examination Council (CSEC) and Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) exams; in fact, 15-year-old Zinedine Russell was "happy and relieved... and my reaction was just a smile". Local Education Sun, 17 Aug 2014 02:00:00 GMT Shadine Shaw — The broadcast engineer http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Shadine-Shaw_17349021 WHEN she pursued an undergraduate degree in electronics at the University of the West Indies, Shadine Shaw had no intention of working in media, much less becoming one of only a few female broadcast engineers in the island. Local Education Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Talking tech http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Talking-tech_17280688 tTech directors (from left), chief executive officer Edward 'Teddy' Alexander; sales and marketing chief Chris Reckord; operations manager Norman Chen, and network infrastructure manager Hugh Allen discuss their new operations. In an effort to improve and enhance the delivery of services offered in the technological sector of Jamaica, tTech — one of Jamaica's information technology and consultation firms — on July 16 launched an updated business services portfolio that caters to supporting businesses with new information technology platforms at their recently opened head office along Harbour Street in Kingston. Local Education Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Ambitious Leticia hopes to cop Sandals' Ultimate Team Member title http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Ambitious-Leticia-hopes-to-cop-Sandals--Ultimate-Team-Member-title_17306762 LETICIA Connell-Mills' favourite quote, 'Ambition is the gas of life, so press on it!', is her leading philosophy that has taken her on a journey of proud achievements. With its fair share of bumps and smooth trails in between, Connell-Mills has arrived at one of her destinations, picking up the top accolade of Resort Team Member of the Year for Sandals Whitehouse European Village and Spa. She is again on her way, with the hope of receiving yet another honour as Ultimate Team Member of the Year for Sandals Resorts International. Local Education Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT How to dress for success http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/How-to-dress-for-success_17320437 WHATEVER your job is, there are certain guidelines you should follow when it comes to attire. The human resources (HR) department shouldn't have to send out memos that tank tops, pierced nostrils, and flip-flops are inappropriate for any work environment, neither should you think that loud chatter and loud music are required for relieving workplace stress. Local Education Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT 45 inner-city youth trained by Food For The Poor http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/45-inner-city-youth-trained-by-Food-For-The-Poor_17355618 FORTY-FIVE youths from the inner-city have been trained and provided with musical instruments under Food For The Poor Jamaica's Summer Band Camp initiative. Local Education Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Scholarship help, but... http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Scholarship-help--but---_17320405 A NON-PROFIT organisation based in Connecticut, USA, has for the past five years been assisting needy Jamaican high school students who are faced with economic hardships. Local Education Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Aviation university opens in Jamaica http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Aviation-university-opens-in-Jamaica_17350889 THE region's first aviation university — Aviation University of the Americas — will start teaching students this October on the showgrounds of Denbigh in Clarendon. Local Education Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT 31 graduate from energy camp http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/31-graduate-from-energy-camp_17343662 THIRTY-ONE students from 10 high schools graduated from the JPS Foundation Summer Energy Camp on July 31. Local Education Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT Education ministry says intervention strategies bearing fruit http://www.jamaicaobserver.com/career/Education-ministry-says-intervention-strategies-bearing-fruit_17355773 THE Ministry of Education says significant improvements in the pass rates for Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) mathematics in marginally performing schools demonstrate that its intervention strategies have begun to produce dividends. Local Education Sun, 17 Aug 2014 01:00:00 GMT