Govt FastTracking Data Protection Law

Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, says that the Government is “moving rapidly” to complete the Data Protection Bill, which would better enable Jamaicans to safeguard their personal information online.“There will be new rights that we’ll have, and it’s part of Jamaica joining the global world, because other parts of the world have already implemented personal data protection laws,” Mrs. Williams said, while addressing the opening ceremony for the Coders of the Caribbean Hackathon on Friday (August 9) at the Knutsford Court Hotel, St. Andrew.“It’s not a matter of if we’re going to do this. We have to, as part of the global world. As you know, personal data is big business. There are many companies that make a lot of money buying and selling our data without our knowledge, and so the regimes are being created around the world, where we will have the right to say how our personal data is used,” she added.She reiterated that cyber threats and data breaches are real, and although the Government and the Cyber Incidence Response Team try to prevent attacks, individuals and entities must take the requite safeguards against cyber incidents.The Coders of the Caribbean Hackathon was staged by Next Gen Creators, a non-profit organisation, which started in 2015.It was geared towards providing a platform for aspiring and existing developers across the region to showcase their skills and create solutions to the world’s biggest problems.This year’s event, which concluded on Sunday (Aug. 11), saw over 100 young people from across the Caribbean participating in workshops and coding events. “It’s not a matter of if we’re going to do this. We have to, as part of the global world. As you know, personal data is big business. There are many companies that make a lot of money buying and selling our data without our knowledge, and so the regimes are being created around the world, where we will have the right to say how our personal data is used,” she added. “There will be new rights that we’ll have, and it’s part of Jamaica joining the global world, because other parts of the world have already implemented personal data protection laws,” Mrs. Williams said, while addressing the opening ceremony for the Coders of the Caribbean Hackathon on Friday (August 9) at the Knutsford Court Hotel, St. Andrew. Science, Energy and Technology Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, says that the Government is “moving rapidly” to complete the Data Protection Bill, which would better enable Jamaicans to safeguard their personal information online. Story Highlights read more

Adolescent Mothers Excel in CSEC

Story Highlights The Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF) is reporting strong performance by adolescent mothers, who sat the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations this year.Examination Coordinator, Georgianna Galloway Hill, said that 44 girls were entered for CSEC.“We are pleased with their performance. This year, in six out of the nine core subjects that we entered our students, we had pass rates of 70 per cent and above,” she said at a recent JIS Think Tank.The WCJF offers CSEC instruction to adolescent mothers at its 42 Trafalgar Road campus in Kingston and through its virtual delivery interface (VDI) at rural sites.Mrs. Galloway Hill credits the students’ success to the staging of regular camps and workshops. These are in addition to past paper revision, School-Based Assessment (SBA) guidance and consultation sessions.“We have marathon camps, which take place for two weeks each year before the CSEC examinations where the teachers will revise with the students and they will sit a mock examination where we try to prepare them as best as possible,” she told JIS News.“Then we have a final revision camp, which is the week before the exam or the first week of CSEC exams,” she added.Both virtual and face-to-face students are expected to participate in the study camps and Mrs. Galloway Hill reported that the performance gap between the groups has reduced, as the VDI students continue to improve.Mrs. Galloway Hill said that there are also regional workshops, where for example, the students in Savanna-la-mar, Westmoreland will join the students at the Montego Bay centre in St. James and they will study together for a day.“The young ladies, who are doing the home economics practical assessments, will come to Kingston [and] they will reside in the dormitory for the duration of the assessment,” she noted further.Mrs. Galloway Hill said that the WCJF will continue to build on the success by “capitalizing on the things that we are getting right and fixing those areas that we need to work on.”The core subjects offered at the WCJF are Mathematics, English Language, Social Studies, Human and Social Biology, Information Technology, Principles of Business, Office Administration, Family Resource Management and Food, Nutrition and Health. Examination Coordinator, Georgianna Galloway Hill, said that 44 girls were entered for CSEC. The Women’s Centre of Jamaica Foundation (WCJF) is reporting strong performance by adolescent mothers, who sat the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations this year. “We are pleased with their performance. This year, in six out of the nine core subjects that we entered our students, we had pass rates of 70 per cent and above,” she said at a recent JIS Think Tank. read more