Schools Urged to Address Weaknesses in English and MathJIS 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 Education Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, is urging secondary school teachers and administrators to focus on advancing students’ competencies in English Language and Mathematics, where weaknesses in these subjects have been identified.Speaking at Vere Technical High School’s annual prize giving ceremony at the institution’s campus in Hayes, Clarendon, on Thursday, November 21, Rev. Thwaites lamented that a significant percentage of Jamaican students are performing below par in these subjects, despite excelling in other academic disciplines, particularly at the external examination level.“I recently got the results for the Caribbean for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) and Caribbean Secondary Examination Certificate (CSEC), and Jamaica is doing very well. Some of the non-traditional high schools have come out tops in many of the other subjects, but we are not strong enough in English and the Mathematics,” he stated.The Minister pointed out that approximately one-third of Jamaican students “are not doing well” in Mathematics, particularly the boys, adding that “they are not even passing …at (the) Grade Four level.”“I am urging you (students) to take your Mathematics very seriously. Mathematics is the gateway to science, and science is where you are going to get the best jobs, the best professional upliftment in the 21st century,” he implored.In the same vein, Rev. Thwaites acknowledged the need for the subject to be taught in a manner “that makes it easier for you to learn, that encourages problem solving, that encourages you to think and measure things in ways that are practical.”In relation to English, Rev. Thwaites said recognition of the need for competence in the language, particularly within the global context, is not readily acknowledged and recognized by many persons in Jamaica.He informed that the latest edition of the internationally respected and influential Harvard Business Review indicates that persons fluent in English stand to benefit significantly from at least a 30 per cent salary premium anywhere in the world they are recruited for jobs.“If you can handle yourself (competently) in English, then you are immediately a step above everybody else. (I say this) not because we are scorning our Jamaican language…not at all, we love that language and it’s ours. And so, we need to be able to be competent in (the English) language,” he stressed.Rev. Thwaites said that in recognition of the importance of English within the global context, the People’s Republic of China currently teaches children in the language for one half of each school day, before resorting to their native Mandarin. This, he informed, commences at the early childhood level.As it regards career goals, Rev. Thwaites encouraged students to choose professions carefully while urging administrators, teachers, and parents to advise and guide them accordingly.“We need doctors, pharmacists, engineers, electricians, plumbers, and phlebotomists. Make sure that you choose carefully, something that is going to (enable you to) start your own business or (secure) a job,” he stated.Chairman of the Vere Technical’s School Board, Baron Stewart, underscored the need for parents to be integrally involved in advancing their children’s educational development, particularly during the early years.“The role of the parent…is the single most important influence on their development. Research shows that parental involvement in children’s learning is a key factor in improving the children’s academic attainment and achievements, as well as their overall behaviour and attitude to learning,” he argued.Mr. Stewart said that unfortunately, children worldwide experience an “uphill task” in their educational development as they encounter various distractions.“The pervasiveness of the sexually charged culture, lewd music, crime and violence, have been robbing the children of their innocence. As teachers and parents, it is our responsibility to protect our children. We must ensure that they remain focused and stay on the path to achieving a sound education,” he noted.The Chairman implored parents to provide a sound foundation at home by establishing the rules and boundaries “and setting good examples for your children to follow; show them respect and, in turn, demand respect.”Over 200 students were presented with special awards for academic excellence attained during the 2012/13 academic year. These included some 157, who received the Principal’s Proud, Ambitious, Intelligent and Disciplined (PAID) Badge for attaining overall averages of 70 per cent and upwards, and 20 who recorded outstanding achievements in CAPE. Advertisements Story HighlightsRev. Thwaites lamented that a significant percentage of Jamaican students are performing below par in English Language and Mathematics.The Minister pointed out that approximately one-third of Jamaican students “are not doing well” in Mathematics, particularly the boys.In relation to English, Rev. Thwaites said recognition of the need for competence in the language, particularly within the global context, is not readily acknowledged. RelatedSenator Falconer Bonds with Hampton High School Students Schools Urged to Address Weaknesses in English and Math EducationNovember 25, 2013Written by: Douglas McIntosh RelatedOral Test In English Language By 2016 Photo: JIS PhotographerEducation Minister, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites is greeted by student ushers at Vere Technical High School where he attended the school’s annual prize giving ceremony at the institution’s campus in Hayes, Clarendon, on Thursday, November 21. RelatedLASCO Honours top Educators For 2013/14
Previous ArticleACCC opens inquiry into digital platformsNext ArticleVodafone “reunites” with SoftBank on enterprise AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 05 DEC 2017 Home FCC pressed to delay net neutrality vote US coalition calls for FCC spectrum shake-up Diana Goovaerts Senior US officials urged the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to postpone a scheduled vote on net neutrality to investigate reports fake comments were submitted during a consultation process.A group of 28 US senators called for the vote to be delayed in a letter sent to FCC chairman Ajit Pai, claiming “there is good reason to believe that the record may be replete with fake or fraudulent comments, suggesting your proposal is fundamentally flawed.” They pressed Pai to delay the ballot “until you can conduct a thorough review of the state of the record and provide Congress with greater assurance of its accuracy and completeness”.New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman backed the senators’ claim during a press conference with FCC commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel. He indicated the identities of at least 50,000 New York residents were used to enter fraudulent comments during a public consultation and said the number of identities stolen nationwide could top 1 million.Schneiderman noted his attempts to investigate the issue have been stymied by a lack of cooperation from the FCC. He urged the commission to aid his inquiry, and also called on federal investigators to launch their own probe.ValidationThe FCC is set to vote on a rollback of net neutrality regulations at a meeting on 14 December. But questions have swirled about the validity of the more than 22 million public comments submitted as part of the FCC’s rulemaking process.A recent analysis from the Pew Research Center found nearly 60 per cent of comments submitted for the record used temporary or duplicate email addresses and determined only 3 per cent of comments went through an email validation process before being accepted.Beyond fraudulent comments, Rosenworcel indicated there are other concerns with the proceeding, including a supposed denial of service attack which temporarily disabled the comment filing system in May and the case of 50,000 missing comments which were submitted, but don’t appear in the record.“When you add all that up, what you have is a record that’s hard to trust,” Rosenworcel said, adding: “it is incumbent on the FCC and all of my colleagues to stand back, figure out what’s happening with this record before us, and get to the bottom of these stolen identities.” Diana is Mobile World Live’s US Editor, reporting on infrastructure and spectrum rollouts, regulatory issues, and other carrier news from the US market. Diana came to GSMA from her former role as Editor of Wireless Week and CED Magazine, digital-only… Read more Related Web companies renew US net neutrality campaign Author Tags FCC moves on China Unicom block Federal Communications Commission (FCC)Net Neutrality
Related MaxFun and MYLAPS have signed a long-term agreement to ‘offer best-in-class digital sports experiences to athletes and fans’.MaxFun, the company behind a leading running platform in Austria, will be timing all of its events with MYLAPS technology. Both companies are also partnering up in the field of race registration. MaxFun will offer its registration platform as an exclusive partner to the MYLAPS timer network in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.Events such as the RedBull 400, Graz Marathon, Vienna Nightrun and B2Run Series, will be timed with MYLAPS timing systems. These races will also use services such as the MYLAPS EventApp, with LiveTracking and Selfie features, to enhance the event experience for athletes, fans and sponsors.According to MYLAPS, the full-suite MaxFun registration platform is user friendly, both for participants and events, and is optimized for use on mobile devices.Werner Sallinger, CEO of MaxFun Sports said ‘We are excited to work together with the global leader in sports timing. We have the ambition to offer participants, fans and sponsors the ultimate sports experience. We are thrilled to explore new opportunities to further grow our registration platform with the network of MYLAPS.’Camiel Slaats, CEO at MYLAPS added ‘We are pleased to work with MaxFun in offering our world class technology to all their events. Next to that we are glad to offer our timers and events in Europe, Middle East and Africa a proven registration solution on the MaxFun platform. We look forward to helping enhance the race experience together with MaxFun for the years to come!’MaxFun Sports is active in Austria, Germany, Switzerland and the Czech Republic. Founded in 1999 in Vienna, Austria, MaxFun Sports offers full-service support for event organizers. It takes care of over 150 events per year with over 400,000 finishers.www.maxfunregister.comwww.mylaps.com
Easy previously worked for the Port of Melbourne in a number of senior executive positions – he will transition into his new role during March 2014.Minister for Ports, David Hodgett, observed: “I am very pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Nick Easy as the ceo of the Port of Melbourne Corporation (PoMC), following the PoMC Board recommendation.”The Port of Melbourne is home to Australia’s largest container terminal at Swanson Dock, and has a dedicated multipurpose terminal to handle non-containerised, project and breakbulk commodities. www.portofmelbourne.com
Bosnia: EBRD and EIB are to provide a €140m loan for modernisation of the rail network, following the passing of a law on structural reform that separates accounting of passenger and freight operations and creates an infrastructure management company and a regulatory body.Europe: On July 13 Eurotunnel presented confidential proposals for restructuring of its debt to the Ad Hoc Committee which represents the majority of the Channel Tunnel operator’s creditors. France: The département of Essonne is providing €5m towards a €55m three-year emergency investment programme agreed by RFF and SNCF to improve reliability on RER Line D. Work will include remodelling at Corbeil-Essonnes as well as upgrading rolling stock and traction power supplies.Under an agreement signed on July 7 by Transport Minister Dominique Perben, RFF, promoter Lyon-Turin-Ferroviaire and infrastructure finance agency AFITF, €95m is to be provided for the last phase of studies and preparatory work for the base tunnel on the planned Lyon – Torino high speed line.Japan: On July 7 the Japan Railway Construction, Transport & Technology Agency announced plans to sell up to 600000 of the government’s 886000 shares in JR Central, equivalent to 40% of the company.Investment group Privee Zurich has bought a 6% stake in Keisei Electric Railway.United Kingdom: The Engineering & Physical Sciences Research Council has granted the University of Warwick £270000 for further research into non-contact ultrasonic detection of rail defects.USA: On July 1 the Commonwealth of Virginia established a Rail Enhancement Fund, which will provide $23m annually for selected infrastructure projects.Zimbabwe: The government has made Z$27bn available for improvements at NRZ, including refurbishment of steam locos used on shunting and commuter services.
UK: Prime Minister David Cameron joined Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin and Mayor of London Boris Johnson at Farringdon on June 4 to mark the completion of tunnelling for the Crossrail project. Since the summer of 2012, eight TBMs have bored 42 km of running tunnels under London with a diameter of 6∙2 m.‘Crossrail is being delivered on time and within budget and is over 65% complete’, said Crossrail Ltd Chief Executive Andrew Wolstenholme. ‘The challenge now shifts to the complicated and substantial task of fitting out the stations and tunnels’.Construction of the 10 new stations on the central core and the branch to Abbey Wood, as well as surface works on the Great Western and Great Eastern main lines, ‘is also advancing’, said Crossrail Ltd. At present, more than 10 000 people are at work on the project, which with its supply chain is estimated to have supported the equivalent of 55 000 full-time jobs across the UK.‘Crossrail has already created tens of thousands of jobs and helped boost the skills of many thousands of people not just in the capital, but all around our great nation’, said Johnson. ‘It is a wonderful example of our nation’s talent for engineering, a talent that must not be allowed to founder and that I hope will eventually be put to use on the construction of Crossrail 2’.