JISCOAlpart to Award 20 Million for BackToSchool

The awards ceremony will be held on August 9 at the Alpart Sports Club in Nain, St. Elizabeth. Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO)/Alpart will be awarding $20 million in scholarships and school supplies under its 2019 Back-to-School Assistance Programme. Story Highlights Jiuquan Iron and Steel Company (JISCO)/Alpart will be awarding $20 million in scholarships and school supplies under its 2019 Back-to-School Assistance Programme.The awards ceremony will be held on August 9 at the Alpart Sports Club in Nain, St. Elizabeth.Public and Community Relations Manager at JISCO/Alpart, Julian Keane, told JIS News that approximately 2,200 students from the company’s operating communities in St. Elizabeth and Manchester are slated to benefit.These include 450 Primary Exit Profile (PEP) students, who received placement scores of 280 and above.“This year, we are offering four tertiary scholarships to students studying education, medicine, agriculture and information technology,” Mr. Keane added.He told JIS News that the programme, which is in its tenth year, has benefited some 13,500 students to date.He said the initiative continues to grow annually, with JISCO/Alpart awarding $13 million to 1,800 students last year.“Each year, we do our evaluation (on the programme) and we continue to see how we can make it much better. We continue to do this initiative because we recognise the value of education in our operating areas.“We know that there are a number of students who are actually in need of some assistance to further their educational development from the primary, secondary, tertiary and even the basic (school) level, where we assist students with vouchers to purchase uniforms, bags books and so on,” he said.Mr. Keane said that students and parents in the beneficiary communities look forward to the assistance every year, noting that it serves to motivate the students to do well in school. Public and Community Relations Manager at JISCO/Alpart, Julian Keane, told JIS News that approximately 2,200 students from the company’s operating communities in St. Elizabeth and Manchester are slated to benefit. read more

Improved Passes for CSEC

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. read more