UWI Professor re-elected to UN Committee

Director of The Centre for Reparation Research (CRR) at The University of the West Indies (UWI), Professor A. Verene Shepherd has been re-elected to serve a second four-year term on the United Nations Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination (CERD).

Professor Shepherd’s candidature was endorsed by Jamaica and all of CARICOM.

As she did when first elected to the CERD in 2015, Professor Shepherd polled the highest number of votes, this time ahead of candidates from 13 other countries, including China, Germany, Iran, Qatar, Saudia Arabia and Russia.

Education Ministry to begin screening students for special needs

Chief Education Officer Harrilal Seecharan says the Education Ministry intends to screen all students in the system for any special needs requirements they may have.

Seecharan made the disclosure before a parliamentary joint select committee on human rights, equality and diversity Friday morning.

He told the committee that the plan is to ensure that screening takes place from the point of the early childhood education centres and in primary schools.

Ministry official wants Sando West Secondary to become 7-year school

Im­pressed by the stu­dents’ per­for­mance at San Fer­nan­do West Sec­ondary, the ad­vi­sor to Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter An­tho­ny Gar­cia will be re­quest­ing that the school be tran­si­tioned in­to a sev­en-year in­sti­tu­tion.

Cher­ly-Ann Wilkin­son, a for­mer prin­ci­pal, re­vealed this at their school leav­ing cer­e­mo­ny at Na­pari­ma Bowl, San Fer­nan­do, on Wednes­day ti­tled—The World is Call­ing, Choose Your Own Path.

THA boss clears air on Tobago’s SEA results

Chief Sec­re­tary of the To­ba­go House of As­sem­bly (THA) Kelvin Charles has cleared the air on state­ments he made con­cern­ing To­ba­go’s 2019 Sec­ondary En­trance As­sess­ment (SEA) re­sults.

On June 28, when the re­sults were re­leased, Charles said To­ba­go’s stu­dents’ per­for­mances were “his­toric” as three were among the na­tion’s top 200.

His state­ments were met with scep­ti­cism and per­sons cit­ed re­cent per­for­mances of stu­dents which placed them among the na­tion’s top 200.

Ministry introduces SEA framework

The Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion has in­tro­duced a pol­i­cy frame­work gov­ern­ing the ad­min­is­tra­tion of the Sec­ondary En­trance As­sess­ment (SEA) ex­am— with spe­cial em­pha­sis be­ing fo­cused on the Eng­lish Lan­guage and Math­e­mat­ics cur­ricu­lum guides of 2013.

In 2013, the Pri­ma­ry Cur­ricu­lum Rewrite (PCR) was com­plet­ed es­tab­lish­ing a mod­ern ap­proach that pur­pose­ful­ly pulls to­geth­er knowl­edge, skills, at­ti­tudes and val­ues from all sub­ject ar­eas to de­vel­op a more com­pre­hen­sive un­der­stand­ing of fun­da­men­tal ideas.

Parents divided on Garcia’s SEA stress comments

The SEA Par­ent Sup­port Group is di­vid­ed on whether or not par­ents re­al­ly are the ones to blame for plac­ing “stress” on the shoul­ders of the stu­dents writ­ing the ex­am.

Re­spond­ing to claims by Min­is­ter of Ed­u­ca­tion An­tho­ny Gar­cia that par­ents are the ones re­spon­si­ble, Resh­ma Ra­moutar-Ack­bar­ali said, “I to­tal­ly dis­agree.”

Ministry reports rise in SEA self-harm cases

In the build-up to this year’s Sec­ondary En­trance As­sess­ment (SEA) ex­am­i­na­tion, the Min­istry of Ed­u­ca­tion’s Stu­dent Sup­port Ser­vices Di­vi­sion record­ed a 20 per cent in­crease in the num­ber of re­quests it re­ceived for help deal­ing with stu­dents with men­tal health is­sues, such as en­gag­ing in self-harm, self-mu­ti­la­tion, and at­tempt­ed sui­cide.