EDUCATION MINISTRY CONFIDENT OF ACHIEVING LITERACY TARGET

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, Jan. 19 (JIS): The Ministry of Education is expressing confidence in attaining its goal of85 per cent of students in the grade four age cohort achieving mastery of literacy in 2015.An optimistic Portfolio Minister, the Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, notes that the country is now 7.6 per cent away from achieving this target.“The final measurement will be made at this year’s sitting of the Grade Four Literacy Test,” he said.The Minister was speaking at a meeting with senior journalists at the Alhambra Inn Hotel in St. Andrew recently.Rev. Thwaites pointed out that when the 15 per cent of students who suffer from learning disabilities are accounted for, 85 per cent translates to 100 per cent of the educable cohort.According to National Literacy Co-ordinator, Dr. André Hill, the Ministry will do everything it possibly can in the next few months to maximise as much as possible students’ outcomes in the 2015 Grade Four Literacy Test.He pointed to the deployment of 66 reading coaches across the island to provide direct support to 420 primary schools. Each will work with approximately seven schools. “They will be particularly working with the struggling readers in grade four, providing clinical attention to these students as well as pedagogical support for classroom teachers, in addition to extending further support to the parents in schools that have registered low achievement at grade four over the last three years,” he said.Dr. Hill contended that if the Ministry gets support from the community in addition to what the Ministry is now extending to the school system, “we are certain the outcomes, certainly for this year, will take us very close, if not actually to the 85 per cent.” Meanwhile, the Minister reiterated the importance of the role parents, home life and community have in helping to achieve the target. He noted for instance, that encouraging children to read in Sunday school greatly helps the literacy levels of students.He further urged parents, even if they are not literate themselves, to encourage their children to read.The Minister informed that at the 2014 sitting of the grade four literacy test,77.4 per cent of the age cohort achieved the acceptable standard of mastery in literacy, which represented a 30 per cent increase for the 10-year period – 2004 to 2014. He noted that the improvement in literacy has been the result of the combined efforts of the Ministry’s National Literacy Team and dedicated teachers. “In addition, the country is indebted to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) for its support in improving literacy outcomes,” he said. In terms of the numeracy test, Rev. Thwaites informed that 58 per cent of students who sat the Grade Four Test last year attained mastery, a marginal decline of 1.4 per cent over the previous year.“But, there has been a 20 per cent improvement for the past five years, moving from a low of 38 per cent in 2010,” he said.The Minister said that using literacy as a benchmark, the Ministry is pleased with the progress the country has made so far.The Grade Four Literacy and numeracy tests are administered to children to determine their literacy and numeracy levels at grade four, in keeping with international requirements and standards. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Related Items:jamaica, ministry of education, Ronald Thwaites Recommended for you Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaicalast_img read more

Layoffs at Philadelphia Style

first_imgNew York-based luxury magazine publisher Niche Media laid off a number of editorial and creative staffers at Philadelphia Style Monday.According to a report in the Philadelphia Daily News, Niche Media CEO Jason Binn declined to offer details like how many employees were let go but indicated that publisher John Colabelli and editor Sarah Schaffer will remain with the magazine. Binn told the paper: “We’ve had to accelerate the realization of our operating efficiency.” He said he plans to increase the magazine’s frequency from six issues per year to eight.Binn could not be immediately reached for comment. In April, Niche Media purchased DLG Media Holdings, publisher of lifestyle and fashion magazine Philadelphia Style and online publications DC Style and ACConfidential.com, from Dana Spain-Smith.Last fall, Niche Media finalized an agreement that effectively unified its operations with controlled circulation publishers Greenspun Media Group and the Ocean Drive Media Group. Las Vegas-based Greenspun was said last week to have reduced its workforce by 10 percent.last_img read more

Wilmington Public Schools Receives 750000 Grant To Improve The Health Of Its Students

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Wilmington Public Schools recently received a substantial grant from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health to expand its health services in an effort to improve student attendance and boost academic achievement.Wilmington was awarded a four-year Comprehensive School Health Services Grant at $75,000 annually. The grant comes with three, 2-year options to renew, meaning Wilmington excepts to receive $750,000 in funding.The grant process was competitive. Wilmington’s grant amount was based on student enrollment, community need, and the level of programming that schools committed to in their grant applications. Wilmington was one of 123 public school districts in the state to receive the grant.The grant writing committee recently appeared in front of the Wilmington School Committee to share the good news. The Committee consisted of Director of Nursing Services Doreen Crowe; Assistant Superintendent Brian Reagan; Coordinator of Behavioral Health & Social Emotional Support Christine Murray; Health & Physical Education Liaison Laura Stinson; Athletic Director Tim Alberts; ESL Director Susan MacDonald; and Middle School Nurse Janice Bacon.Crowe explained how the funding will positively impact health services to students in Wilmington.A part-time social worker (.4 FTE) will be hired at the high school to support its new Bridge Program, which assists students who have been absent from school for an extended period of time due to a health issue to successfully return to the classroom.A part-time care coordinator (.4 FTE) will be hired to help coordinating care to students with mental and physical health needs.In addition to program support and professional development, the district will use funds to improve and expand its health curriculum.As a result of the grant, Athletic Director Tim Alberts noted that health education will now be offered at the PreK and Kindergarten levels, and new nutrition education materials will be purchased at the elementary level.The district hopes these measures – and several others outlined – will help decrease chronic absenteeism and childhood obesity amongst its students, while increasing individualized health care plans and services to its students with mental and behavioral health conditions.“All the evidence points to the fact that children can’t learn if they are not healthy,” said Massachusetts Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders in a recent press release announcing the grant recipients. “This funding will support our efforts to keep students healthy, in school, and prepared to learn.”Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE To Discuss New School Year, New Administrators & New Goals At August 28 MeetingIn “Education”Wilmington Public Schools Receives $13,000 Grant To Combat Vaping At High School & Middle SchoolIn “Community”SCHOOL COMMITTEE NEWS: Homework, Bullying, Vaping, Grants, Gymnastics & More To Be Discussed At June 12 MeetingIn “Education”last_img read more

Caribbean Islands Begin Preparations For Hurricane Irma

first_imgNASA/NOAA via APThis enhanced satellite image made available by the NOAA GOES Project shows Irma, in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean on Saturday, Sept. 2, 2017 at 1:45 p.m. In the wake of Harvey, meteorologists are already looking warily at another system: Hurricane Irma, which intensified from a tropical storm to a major hurricane in just 30 hours, is steadily moving west across the Atlantic.Islands at the eastern end of the Caribbean Sea made preparations Sunday for approaching Hurricane Irma, a Category 3 storm that could threaten the area beginning Tuesday.Hurricane watches were posted for Antigua and Barbuda, Anguilla, Monserrat, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Martin, Guadeloupe and the British Virgin Islands.The U.S. National Hurricane Center said the storm could near that region late Tuesday. It said islands farther north, including the U.S. Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico, should monitor the progress of the storm.The Antigua and Barbuda weather service said Irma was expected to bring heavy rains, rough surf and high winds to islands along the northern edge of the Antilles.Long-range forecasts indicated Irma likely would curve to the northwest beginning late Monday and skirt to the north of those islands on a path that could potentially take it to the U.S. East Coast, but it was too early to make a definitive prediction.Antigua’s prime minister, Gaston Browne, urged people to take preventative measures in case the storm should hit, including cleaning drains and removing objects that could be sent airborne by high winds. Workers began pruning trees and shrubs to reduce chances for branches to tear down power and phone lines.“The passage of a hurricane is not a matter to be taken lightly, but we must not panic,” Browne said in a statement.The U.S. hurricane center said Irma had maximum sustained winds of 115 mph (185 kph) Sunday night and some strengthening was expected over the next two days. The storm was centered about 710 miles (1,145 kilometers) east of the Leeward Islands and moving west-southwest at 14 mph (22 kph).Puerto Rico’s governor, Ricard Rossello, said government agencies in the U.S. territory were prepared to deal with any emergencies caused by the storm.“We have established protocols for the safety of all,” he said at a news conference, while he also urged islanders to take precautions.In the Dominican Republic, Public Works Minister Gonzalo Castillo said workers there were clear away road works and also clean out blockages of sewer drains. He said President Danilo Medina would lead a meeting with emergencies agencies on Monday to discuss storm preparations. Sharelast_img read more

Traditional tastes

first_imgThere are many restaurants to please the Punjabi palette in the Capital, but then there are also classics. Nestled in the post Chanakyapuri locale, we took time to check out Garam Masala, a part of the Forte Grand complex. The complex has the restrobar Garam Masala, a kebab and grill lounge Pepper and a banquet hall as well. The enclosed space is also perfect for out-door parties if the weather is right. But in the terrible Delhi humidity and heat, the AC interiors worked best. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Garam Masala can be described as the perfect family restaurant, it has very comfortable seating arrangements that provide the right amount of comfort and privacy. If you want to take your family out for a nice meal, this is it!Serving a great variety of Indian dishes, the restaurant also holds its own with some Chinese options. The kebabs are a must try, we suggest the chicken tikkas which were quite perfect. If you want something else as well – the dry chilli chicken is what you can pick. They also have a great fish tandoori. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixOf the Indian breads the Lal Mirch Parantha was very well made and it went perfectly with the dal makhni. The parantha is a must try, it is light, flaky and not as spicy as it looks. We have always been a little partial about restaurants that make their dals well and Garam Masala is definitely one of the places that do.What you definitely must not miss are the desserts. Garam Masala dishes out some great Indian deserts like the ever-favourite gulab jamun, rasmalai and the moong ka halwa. After a scrumptious Indian meal, nothing goes better than a nice cold piece of rasmalai. The place also has a very well stocked bar so pick your poison with the meal. A meal for two comes to about Rs 1200 (without taxes and alcohol). Great location, great food and some very comfortable time out – head over.last_img read more