The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is reporting an overall improvement in passes for students, who sat the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) this year, when compared to 2018. Story Highlights Minister without Portfolio, Hon. Karl Samuda, in presenting the preliminary report during a press conference at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle headquarters on Wednesday (Aug. 14), said that higher scores were recorded in 23 of the 34 subjects taken. He noted that of the 32,617 students, who sat CSEC this year, 29,139 or 89.3 per cent obtained grades one to three. The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is reporting an overall improvement in passes for students, who sat the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) this year, when compared to 2018.Minister without Portfolio, Hon. Karl Samuda, in presenting the preliminary report during a press conference at the Ministry’s National Heroes Circle headquarters on Wednesday (Aug. 14), said that higher scores were recorded in 23 of the 34 subjects taken.He noted that of the 32,617 students, who sat CSEC this year, 29,139 or 89.3 per cent obtained grades one to three.English language and mathematics recorded percentage passes of 82.8 per cent and 54.6 per cent, respectively. The results represent a 7.4 per cent increase in passes for English and 3.2 per cent decrease in passes for math.Mr. Samuda said there were also improvements in the sciences and some mathematical- related subjects, with integrated science having the highest percentage increase of 22.7 per cent.There were also improvements in the average pass rates for chemistry (8.6 per cent); biology (2.6 per cent); physics (3.9 per cent); additional mathematics (3.8 per cent); agricultural science – single award (7 per cent); technical drawing (3.7 per cent); information technology (2.2 per cent); music (10.9 per cent); textile, clothing and fashion (8.7 per cent) and visual arts (11.3 per cent).Six subjects had average pass rates of over 90 per cent. These are agricultural science –double award (97.9 per cent); agricultural science – single award (90.9 per cent); food, nutrition and health (90.5 per cent); information technology (91.1 per cent); physical education and sport (97 per cent); and principles of business (90.7 per cent).A total of 33,639 students from public schools were registered for CSEC this year, which was 1, 510 fewer than 2018.Of the candidates entered, 18,627 (55.4 per cent) were females and 15,012 (44.6 per cent) were males.
The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has unveiled a mural exhibition in tribute to the Windrush Generation. The exhibition is mounted at various locations in the arrival and departure sections at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston. Story Highlights The unveiling was witnessed by the British High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Asif Ahmad. The Minister of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport, the Honourable Olivia Grange, has unveiled a mural exhibition in tribute to the Windrush Generation.The exhibition is mounted at various locations in the arrival and departure sections at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston.The unveiling was witnessed by the British High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Asif Ahmad.Minister Grange said the exhibition was a tribute to the “resilience and indomitable spirit” of a generation of Jamaicans who responded to the invitation of post-Second World War Britain for labourers to help restore services and communities.Minister Grange said:“From the climatic shock of cold, rainy England to the prejudices and discomforts of settling in a new and often unwelcoming environment to the reality of being alone in a strange land of reluctant neighbours, our people experienced every challenge in the book of ignorance and racism.Yet, they were undaunted. Their fearless, feisty Jamaican heritage was enough buffer against the many challenges they confronted… Armed with their Jamaican culture, heritage and traditions, they determined to make the best for themselves and their families… Through their indomitable spirit and resilience, they developed what has become the formidable Jamaican Diaspora of the United Kingdom.”The Windrush Mural project is a collaboration between the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and the British Council. It features pieces by Jamaican and British artists: Honey Williams, Rosemarie Chung, Sheldon Blake, Tiana Anglin, Kirk Cockburn and Jamila Cooper.The British High Commissioner said that “when the murals were commissioned as a joint endeavour between British and Jamaican artists, the idea was to capture the complex associations and attributes of Windrush. Hopes and dreams of travellers, immigrations rules which impacted the lives of families, the challenges migrants face finding work and vibrant community dynamics are just some thoughts that now find expression in the Windrush Murals.”Minister Grange said it was a deliberate move to exhibit the Windrush Murals first at the Norman Manley International Airport as it “signifies the changing form of transport, from sea to air, for migrants,” as well as promotes the airport as an artistic and cultural space.The Windrush Mural exhibition will be mounted at the airport for three months. Then it will move to Orange Park in Downtown, Kingston and become the entrance to the National Gallery of Jamaica for six months. Following that, the exhibition will travel across Jamaica.Minister Grange says the Ministry of Culture, Gender, Entertainment and Sport and the British Council are working on other projects to memorialise aspects of the shared history of Jamaica and the United Kingdom.
Focus FS, a leading provider of industrial worksite systems, has announced the release of its latest software product, Shift Rescue. The announcement happened during the 10th International Mine Rescue Competition (IMRC), hosted by Workplace Safety North and Ontario Mine Rescue, which took place this week in Sudbury, Ontario. Shift Rescue is an all-in-one under oxygen mine rescue incident application used to digitally capture incident data including team captain information, briefing officer reports, map viewing and mark-ups, photo sharing, activity alerting, and post-incident reporting.“Shift Rescue will significantly enhance and improve how information is collected and shared during an under oxygen Mine Rescue event,” says Nicole Darbaz, Director of Products and Marketing at Focus FS. “The system collects and distributes critical rescue information during both team training and live rescue events. Shift Rescue applies to mine rescue competitions such as IMRC, but most importantly, it’s been developed for annual mine rescue team training and real-life incidents.”The application is deployed on rugged tablets and is used underground where network connectivity may or may not be available. The information collected underground is shared with the briefing officer and control group above ground who assess the information and make time critical decisions.From August 19 to 26, 2016, 27 teams representing 13 nations competed in different events at the IMRC including an underground scenario, firefighting, first aid, and more. Focus FS with the help of Ontario Mine Rescue developed the Shift Rescue product to be deployed and used during the competition.“We could not have chosen a more suitable venue to launch our Shift Rescue product,” says Jeff Brown, President of Focus FS. “This is a globally recognised competition with mine rescue personnel from around the world. Early feedback we have received from mine executives, mine rescue teams, and the industry in general has been very positive. The exposure has been tremendous.”