Gov’t Working on COVID Response Technology Plan

The Government is working on a COVID response technology plan, which will provide Jamaicans with Internet connectivity while a national broadband plan is being developed.

 

Minister of Science, Energy and Technology, Hon. Daryl Vaz, made the disclosure on Thursday (October 22), while addressing a ceremony for the handover of tablets to students at the Port Antonio Primary School in Portland.

 

76.5 Per Cent Pass Rate for CSEC

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Fayval Williams, says that the preliminary report and analysis of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) indicate that 76.5 per cent of Jamaican students were awarded passing scores of grades one to three in all subject areas.

 

She was speaking at a virtual press conference on Wednesday (September 23).

 

Students encouraged to get familiar with Google Suite Learning Management System

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is encouraging students and other relevant stakeholders to become familiar with the Google Suite Learning Management System, which is being rolled out across all educational institutions.

 

The system is designed for teaching and learning, and teachers are receiving the necessary training on the different tools in the programme, while support is being provided for all schools.

 

The Honourable Fayval Williams appointed Minister of Education, Youth and Information

Receiving her Instrument of Office after being sworn in at King's House by Governor General His Excellency, Sir Patrick Allen on Sunday, September 13, 2020.

 

COVID-19 Risk assessment to assist in informing decision on reopening of schools

Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, says a risk assessment of trends in the new coronavirus (COVID-19) cases is being done by health officials to assist in determining whether the proposed phased reopening of schools for the 2020/21 academic year, beginning September 7, should proceed or be delayed.

 

“If the cases continue to spike and it is deemed unsafe for students and teachers to physically return to school, we will have to reassess [the situation] and put in place contingency plans to face that eventuality,” he said.

 

Government Procuring Laptops And Tablets For PATH Students

The Government is in the process of procuring 100,000 laptops and tablets for the country’s most vulnerable students, for use in the upcoming academic year.

 

This was disclosed by Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Hon. Karl Samuda, who said that the devices are being provided for Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) students.

 

Education Ministry To Establish Learning Management System

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is moving to establish a National Learning Management System (LMS) that will better allow schools to create, deliver and manage lessons and other training materials.

This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, during his contribution to the 2020/21 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives on Tuesday (July 28).

He said that the electronic system will be procured and implemented in partnership with existing providers.

Early-Childhood Institutions To Get Sanitization Grant

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information is to provide a sanitisation grant to assist early-childhood institutions across the island.

This was disclosed by Portfolio Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, during the sitting of the House of Representatives on June 30.

Mr. Samuda also informed that the Ministry is now carrying out an assessment to determine the number of early-childhood institutions that have been closed due to the coronavirus (COVID-19).

All Students Eligible To Sit PEP Placed In High School

The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information says that 100 per cent of the 38,918 students who were eligible to sit the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) in grade six this year have been placed in high schools.

Portfolio Minister, Hon. Karl Samuda, reported that 80 per cent of the cohort was placed in their preferred schools, while 16 per cent was placed according to proximity. Four per cent was placed manually for varying reasons, with proximity of the school to their home address being one of the factors.

Karl Samuda Now Education Minister

The Hon. Karl Samuda has been appointed Minister of Education, Youth and Information.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Andrew Holness, made the announcement during a meeting with Caribbean Maritime University (CMU) Board members on Wednesday (June 17) at the institution’s Palisadoes Park address in Kingston.

Minister Samuda has served as Minister without Portfolio with responsibility for Education since March 2019. Prior to that, he was Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Economic Growth and Job Creation.