first_imgClasses for Steer Town’s GNAT Students Start Next Week EducationSeptember 17, 2009 RelatedClasses for Steer Town’s GNAT Students Start Next Week FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of Education has said that classes for the 115 students placed at the Steer Town Primary and Junior High School, after sitting the Grade Nine Achievement Test (GNAT), should begin next week.A brief, provided by the Ministry, stated that 90 per cent of refurbishing work on the building, which will accommodate the students, has been completed, with the remainder scheduled to be finished by Monday (September 21).“All other arrangements have been made for a smooth start-up on Monday, which includes: furniture being in place; four new teachers employed; the required support staff being recruited (and) a programme for students (being) developed,” the brief stated.The students were placed at Steer Town as part of the Ministry’s Empowerment Programme which caters to those who scored below 30 per cent in the GNAT.Speaking at a press briefing at his Ministry’s head office in Kingston on Wednesday (September 16), portfolio Minister, Hon Andrew Holness, noted that despite reports of “chaos” at the institution, the Ministry has executed its duties in finding spaces for the students in a “fair and responsible manner”.“We negotiated with the principal, [who] agreed to take (the) extra students, and we provided the resources to the principal for those extra students. My understanding is that, when we finally published the results, we needed to have placed an additional 20 students, and we went back to the principal. So it was not a surprise to the principal, or to the school that they would need to accommodate additional students,” Mr. Holness explained.“They had an unfinished building, and the Ministry immediately provided the resources to finish it so that those students could be accommodated,” he added.The Education Minister also used the opportunity to dispel the notion that Grade 10 students were being placed at a school that only facilitates learning up to Grade nine.“That is patently not true. There is no automatic promotion for students at GNAT level into grade 10,” he said. He pointed out that most students who are successful in GNAT are placed in Grade Nine of the schools in which they are placed.“So, if they do well at GNAT, that is they get a score in excess of 50 per cent, they get a place in a traditional five-year school, and those schools usually opt to place them back in Grade Nine,” the Education Minister said.He reaffirmed the Ministry’s commitment to building more schools to address the shortage of space at the secondary level. He noted, however, that in the interim it is better to keep the students in school, than to have them out on the streets.“We will have to find the resources where possible to expand, and that is what we have done,” he said.The Ministry’s Empowerment Programme was developed in 2005. As part of the programme, students undergo a year of special numeracy and literacy studies, to ensure a smooth transition into Grade 10 after sitting the GNAT Exam a second time the following year. Those who are still not at the required level are placed under the Jamaican Foundation for Lifelong Learning, for further remedial instruction. Advertisementscenter_img RelatedClasses for Steer Town’s GNAT Students Start Next Week RelatedClasses for Steer Town’s GNAT Students Start Next Weeklast_img read more

first_imgRelatedJamaicans urged to get screened for colon cancer Jamaicans urged to get screened for colon cancer Health & WellnessMarch 21, 2011 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail MANDEVILLE – Administrative Director of the Jamaica Cancer Society, Carol Blair, is appealing to Jamaicans 50 years and over, to get screened for colon cancer. She said that advances in technology allows for early detection, which could save lives. “We encourage that you go to your doctor or go to the clinic and you ask questions. The most important thing (is) for people to get tested annually. Once you are 50, both men and women, you need to start getting screened for colon cancer,” she stated. Mrs. Blair was addressing a colon cancer medical symposium held recently at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville in observance of Colon Cancer Awareness Month in March. Chief Medical Officer at the Mandeville Regional Hospital, Dr. Hopeton Falconer, also stressed the importance of screening for early detection of the disease. He said that if pre-cancerous tumors are caught, they can be successfully removed and prevent the high financial and emotional costs associated with cancer surgery or chemotherapy. He said that in addition to having regular checks, persons should adopt healthy lifestyle habits, including healthy diet and regular exercise. Cancer of the colon is the third leading cause of cancer-related deaths in Jamaica. The Jamaica Cancer Registry reported an incidence of 13 per 100,000 cases locally. Like cervical cancer however, colon cancer can be prevented with screening to detect the pre-cancerous stage in the form of colon polyps. These can then be removed from the colon before cancer forms. CONTACT: GARFIELD ANGUS, JIS Reporter RelatedJamaicans urged to get screened for colon cancer RelatedJamaicans urged to get screened for colon cancer Advertisementslast_img read more

first_imgRelatedSenate Passes Amendments to Companies Act Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, addresses members of the Upper House on Friday (December 20). Story HighlightsMinister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, said this is a significant achievement for the Upper House. the Anti-gang Bill is before a Joint Select Committee, while the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Bill was tabled.A quarter of the Bills were structural benchmarks under the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme. RelatedHouse Passes Legislation to Combat Ponzi Schemes Advertisements RelatedHouses of Parliament Pay Tribute to Mandelacenter_img Senate Passes 40 Bills in 2013 ParliamentDecember 23, 2013Written by: Athaliah Reynolds-Baker Senate Passes 40 Bills in 2013JIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Senate passed a total of 40 Bills during 2013, nearly double the average number approved each year over the previous four years.In a statement in the Upper House on December 20, Minister of Justice, Senator the Hon. Mark Golding, said this is a significant achievement for the Upper House.Mr. Golding informed that in addition to the legislation passed, the Anti-gang Bill is before a Joint Select Committee, while the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Bill was tabled today.Over the period 2009 to 2012, the average number of Bills passed was just under 22 per calendar year.“Apart from the fact that the 2013 legislative performance approximately doubles the average over the preceding four years, what is also significant is the substantive nature of many of the Bills that have been passed this year,” he remarked.Among the 40 Bills passed are the Law Reform (Fraudulent Transactions) (Special Provisions) Act; Committal Proceedings Act; Defamation Act; Tax Administration Jamaica Act; Charities Act; Security Interests in Personal Property Act; Securities (Amendment) Act; and the Fiscal Incentives (Miscellaneous Provisions) Act.“Each of these is a groundbreaking piece of legislation in its own right,” Mr. Golding said, noting that the Bankruptcy and Insolvency Bill is the largest piece of legislation to be brought to Parliament since the Companies Act in 2004.He further informed that a quarter of the Bills were structural benchmarks under the International Monetary Fund (IMF) programme.“The Leader of Government Business has expressed the aspiration that this should be the best Senate ever. Well, given that the principal function of the Senate is as a legislative chamber, one could confidently argue that our performance in 2013 has met that lofty benchmark,” he stated.Mr. Golding also informed that a number of important Bills will be coming to the Senate in 2014. These include the Disabilities Bill; Occupational Safety and Health Bill; a new Road Traffic Bill; the Integrity Commission Bill to establish a single anti-corruption agency; and the DNA Bill.Opposition Senator, Tom Tavares-Finson expressed gratitude to all members of the civil service at the various levels who participated in the “remarkable achievement” of passing 40 Bills for 2013.last_img read more