95 Per Cent of Grateful Hill Primary Students Placed in Traditional High

The Grateful Hill Primary and Infant School in St. Catherine is celebrating the achievement of students, who sat the Primary Exit Profile (PEP). Story Highlights Principal of the school, George Moodie, told JIS News that 95 per cent of the 23 students, who sat the examination, have been placed in a traditional high school. The Grateful Hill Primary and Infant School in St. Catherine is celebrating the achievement of students, who sat the Primary Exit Profile (PEP).Principal of the school, George Moodie, told JIS News that 95 per cent of the 23 students, who sat the examination, have been placed in a traditional high school.The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information released the results of the test on June 21.The grade six students were tested in three areas with a Performance Task Test on March 27 and 28; an Ability Test on February 26; and a Curriculum-Based Test on April 16 and 17.Mr. Moodie described the achievement of the pupils as “very exceptional,” and credited the success to measures put in place to address low attendance, among other challenges.He said that with the introduction of a breakfast and lunch programme, attendance has “vastly improved,” with several initiatives also put in place to boost literacy and numeracy.“We try to embrace each other, both students and teachers,” he added.The Principal also commended the parents and the wider community for their support, noting that “they continue to give their best for education.”PEP has replaced the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) as the national secondary-school entrance test, and is intended to provide a better and more complete profile of students’ academic and critical-thinking capabilities at the end of primary-level education.While GSAT focused primarily on content and assessing students’ knowledge of subject areas, PEP is centred on critical analysis and seeks to accurately measure how students use the knowledge, abilities and skills they have developed to solve problems.PEP is also built on the notion that competency involves both student knowledge and what a student is able to do with the knowledge that they possess. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information released the results of the test on June 21. read more

Tyres to be Removed from Riverton City

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 16. Story Highlights  This initiative is a collaboration of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA). The Government is to embark on an initiative to remove the over two million tyres currently stockpiled at the Riverton City disposal site in Kingston. The Government is to embark on an initiative to remove the over two million tyres currently stockpiled at the Riverton City disposal site in Kingston.This initiative is a collaboration of the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development and the National Solid Waste Management Authority (NSWMA).Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation, Hon. Daryl Vaz, made the disclosure during his contribution to the 2019/20 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on July 16.“These entities are in advanced discussions with a private-sector company to implement a pilot project for the removal and transportation of tyres from the Riverton City Landfill, to be disposed of in an environmentally friendly and sustainable manner,” Mr. Vaz said.He told the Lower House that approximately 1,000 tyres are deposited at the site each day and pose a potential fire hazard as well as provide breeding grounds for mosquitoes and pests.“Successful implementation will allow for the expansion of this initiative to those tyres stockpiled at the other disposal sites across the island,” Mr. Vaz noted.He added that strict enforcement measures are being instituted by the relevant regulatory agencies, with the support of the security forces, to eliminate the illegal open burning of tyres by individuals within the environs of the Riverton City disposal site.“These illegal activities contribute significantly to the poor air quality along the Three Miles corridor,” Mr. Vaz said. read more