Schools to Receive 5 Million Per Year for Minor Repairs

Minister with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, says that school boards will be allocated $5 million per annum for minor repairs and maintenance of school plants. Story Highlights He made the disclosure at an education stakeholder forum held on Friday (June 7) at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester. “The larger projects will be done centrally,” he said. Minister with responsibility for Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, says that school boards will be allocated $5 million per annum for minor repairs and maintenance of school plants.He made the disclosure at an education stakeholder forum held on Friday (June 7) at the Golf View Hotel in Mandeville, Manchester.“The larger projects will be done centrally,” he said.Minister Samuda noted further that a directive has been given to building officers to consult with the school leadership before they carry out work.He said that the Ministry has received complaints that school administrators are often not included in decisions regarding repair and upgrading of institutions.“That is now finished. You must consult with the people who have to contend with the problem every day, take advice, and get through the job with the satisfaction of the stakeholders,” Minister Samuda said.He commended the teachers for their commitment to the classroom and helping students realise their full potential.He said that no child should be regarded as not having the capacity to excel in any area.Meanwhile, the Minister said that increased focus is being placed on boosting student achievement in mathematics and the sciences.He noted that Jamaican students must be on top of the subject areas in order to compete globally, and better enable the country to attract investment.Minister Samuda said that part of the effort includes identifying and working with students who show strength in mathematics and the sciences.“We must be careful that we don’t run the risk of depriving potentially brilliant students from actualising their true potential,” he said. read more

Student Establishing Education Foundation Receives GGs Achievement Award

Nineteen year old Manchester student, Setrice Patricia Clarke, who established a Foundation to assist youngsters’ high school placement examination preparations, is among 12 residents of the county of Middlesex receiving the 2019 Governor-General’s Achievement Award.She is one of two citizens of Manchester who have been recognized, the other being Dr. Grace Kelly.Ms. Clarke and her co-recipients were presented with their awards by Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, during a ceremony at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes, Clarendon, on June 27.The event was held under the theme – ‘Engaging, Empowering and Inspiring Jamaicans’.Through her Foundation, Ms. Clarke, who received the award in 18 to 24 age category, has been able to assist youngsters from her Sabbath School and community to prepare, initially for the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) and subsequently the Primary Exit Profile (PEP), through Easter and Christmas camps.Ms. Clarke, the Office of the Children’s Registry central Jamaica representative who lost her father seven years ago, initiated the Foundation with the help close associates while enrolled in sixth form at high school.Among those benefiting is her brother, who successfully sat his exams and is now in high school.Ms. Clarke, who is preparing to embark on tertiary studies, told JIS News that “once I am in university, the work of the Foundation will continue with the other members who are in it”.The other awardees are: Dennis McKenzie, Sejae Burey and Dr. Maurice Smith J.P. from St. Ann; Christiana Plummer, Jamar Wright and Dr. Everton Thomas – St. Catherine; Christiana Blake, Roxanne Brown, and Rev. Ann-Marie Richards – Clarendon; and Ivy Veronica Gordon – St. Mary.The awards were made in three age categories – 18 to 24 for academic excellence and volunteerism; 25 to 35 – academic and professional excellence, and volunteerism; and 35 and over, for achievements attained under challenging circumstances, and significant contributions to society.The Governor-General, in congratulating the awardees, said he was inspired by the stories of the honourees’, “who have engaged, empowered and inspired themselves and other individuals”.“They have made a difference and left lasting footprints of good works behind them,” he added. She is one of two citizens of Manchester who have been recognized, the other being Dr. Grace Kelly. Nineteen year old Manchester student, Setrice Patricia Clarke, who established a Foundation to assist youngsters’ high school placement examination preparations, is among 12 residents of the county of Middlesex receiving the 2019 Governor-General’s Achievement Award. Ms. Clarke and her co-recipients were presented with their awards by Governor-General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, during a ceremony at the Wembley Centre of Excellence in Hayes, Clarendon, on June 27. Story Highlights read more

Autopsy Suite to be Constructed

Minister of National Security, Hon. Dr. Horace Chang, says a state-of-the-art autopsy suite, to be constructed soon, will facilitate the efficient and effective operations of local forensic pathologists.Construction is slated to begin during this fiscal year and has been budgeted to cost $200 million.During a tour of the Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine (IFSLM), in Kingston on Wednesday, July 3, the Minister said the suite should impact the IFSLM’s international standing.“The vision of the Institute of Forensic Science and Legal Medicine is to become the leading forensic laboratory in Latin America and the Caribbean Region,” he said.Dr. Chang added that the autopsy suite will meet the needs of the nation’s six pathologists.“This suite will result in an increase in the number of autopsies that can be performed and a reduction in the waiting time for autopsy reports. Currently, the forensic pathology service is conducted throughout the island, at private morgues and at hospitals, which are not designed to provide medico-legal autopsy service,” he said.Acquisition of a DNA database and construction of the autopsy suite were among crime-fighting strategies discussed by the Minister during his tour. read more