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Education Ministry Deploying More Social Workers to Schools

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be increasing the number of social workers deployed to schools to assist administrators and teachers in addressing issues encountered, particularly disruptive student behaviour. This was disclosed by State Minister, Hon. Floyd Green, during the 2018/19 Lasco/Ministry of Education, Youth and Information Teacher…

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Minister Says Advancement in ICT Levelling Playfield for Youth

Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says advancement in information and communications technology (ICT) has been levelling the playfield, where the most vulnerable in society are now able to realise their true potential. Addressing the Accessible Americas V Conference at the Hyatt Ziva Hotel, St. James, on November…

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Education Ministry Embarks on Early-Childhood Master Teachers Programme

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has embarked on a Zone Leader Master Teachers Programme, designed to identify and address leadership challenges at the early-childhood level. The initiative is being jointly undertaken with the Early Childhood Commission (ECC), and the United States Embassy in Jamaica, which is funding the…

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109 Specialist Mathematics Teachers in Training

The first cohort of 109 specialist mathematics teachers is now in training and will be deployed to the education system, upon graduating next year. This was disclosed by Minister of Education Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, who noted that the teachers will be bonded for a five-year…

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185 Members of the JCF Recognised for their Invaluable Service

A total of 185 members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) who have completed 18 years of continuous service in the Force and whose conduct and character have been exemplary, were recognised for their invaluable service. During the JCF Medal of Honour for Long Service and Good Conduct awards ceremony,…

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Disabilities Awareness Week December 2-7

The Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities (JCPD) will join the rest of the world in observing Disabilities Awareness Week from December 2-7, under the theme: ‘Empowering Persons with Disabilities and Ensuring Inclusiveness and Equality’. The week gets underway tomorrow (December 2) with the National Church service to be held…

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Bureau of Gender Affairs to Implement Ambassador Programme in Schools

The Bureau of Gender Affairs is to shortly implement its Gender Ambassador Programme in schools Islandwide. The initiative seeks to raise awareness on gender roles and stereotypes and to promote self-care, healthy relationships and leadership development among youth. It also aims to engage the youth on what is gender-based violence…

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CAC Urging Vigilance While Shopping Online

The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is advising consumers to be vigilant while conducting businesses online. Speaking at a JIS Think Tank on November 30, Information Technology Manager at the CAC, Andrew Evelyn pointed out that the Agency does not have the legal power to pursue merchants who reside overseas. “Our…

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CAC Secures Millions for Customers

The Consumer Affairs Commission (CAC) is reporting that it secured $14.9 million on behalf of aggrieved consumers since the beginning of the financial year. Chief Executive Officer of the CAC, Dolsie Allen made the disclosure while addressing a JIS Think Tank held on November 30. She informed that a total…

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Jamaica’s First Inclusive Academy Opened

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information has partnered with the Rockhouse Foundation to establish Jamaica’s first public educational institution that will cater to students with and without disabilities. The Savanna-la-Mar Inclusive Infant Academy, based in Westmoreland, was formally opened by Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, on Wednesday…

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Gov’t Boosting Internet Access in Primary Schools and Early Childhood Institutions

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, has announced plans by the Ministry to boost Internet access in primary schools and early-childhood institutions. This, he notes, will serve to enhance the scope of education through greater integration of technological strategies in the classrooms. “All high schools…

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Mobay High School Gets New Classroom Block

Montego Bay High School for Girls in St. James is the beneficiary of a new classroom block, which was provided by Food For the Poor Jamaica. Executive Director, David Mair, symbolically handed over the block, comprising three classrooms, to Acting Principal, Gairy Powell, at the school’s annual prize-giving ceremony on…

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Education Ministry Embarks on Tertiary Upskilling Initiative

Employees of the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information are now able to access tertiary training through the Ministry’s First Degree Upskilling Initiative. The engagement will enable employees to attain a bachelor’s degree relevant to their fields, through partnerships forged with established tertiary institutions offering University Council of Jamaica (UCJ)-accredited…

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Cabinet to Receive Jamaica Teaching Council Bill for Consideration

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says the Jamaica Teaching Council (JTC) Bill is far advanced and will be taken to Cabinet shortly for its consideration. The Bill seeks to establish a governing body for the teaching profession and a licensing and registration regime for…

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Harsher Penalties Being Considered for Persons Who Harm Children

State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, says a Joint Select Committee of Parliament is considering harsher penalties for persons who commit crimes against children. “Through the Joint Select Committee of Parliament, we’re moving to ensure that we send a very clear signal to…

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State Minister Green Appeals for Jamaicans to Report Cases of Child Abuse

State Minister in the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Floyd Green, has reiterated his appeal for Jamaicans to report cases of child abuse. “The anti-informer culture needs to end,” he said, noting that the lives of vulnerable children are at stake. “I want to encourage more of us…

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All Basic Schools Must Become Certified – Senator Reid

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says that all basic schools must become certified with the Early Childhood Commission (EEC). This, he noted, is in keeping with the Government’s commitment to improve the quality of early-childhood education “giving our babies every opportunity to be properly…

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Gov’t to Assist with Funeral Expenses of John Rollins Success Primary Students

The Government will be assisting with the funeral expenses of the three John Rollins Success Primary School students who were killed in a motor-vehicle accident along the Rose Hall Main Road in St. James on Tuesday (November 13). The three students, six-year-old Latisha Williams and sisters eight-year-old Tiara and 10-year-old…

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