Making money from what you know

It is important for Jamaicans to foster a knowledge society if we are going to be competitive globally. We need to harness our knowledge … then package and market this knowledge in innovative ways to earn money.  more…

$100 million boost to entrepreneurship education

Finally, an initiative specifically aimed at addressing the growing crisis among our school leavers and the pivot in the requirements of the ‘workosphere’. Gone are the days when we can safely prepare our students to ‘get a job’.  Today we must empower them to be innovators and inventors in an effort to create that venture that will be both a money earner as well as contribute to society as a whole. I welcome this idea.


Spearheaded by Dr Renee Rattray, programme manager for the Mutual Building Societies Foundation (MBSF).

FOUR thousand students will, over the next 16 months, be taught entrepreneurial skills and financial literacy.

The opportunity has been made available to them through the $100-million Centres of Excellence initiative of the Mutual Building Societies Foundation (MBSF) — a collaboration between Victoria Mutual Building Society and Jamaica National Building Society — under a programme dubbed “I am the Change”.


Management in Schools

School Management
I have always been concerned about the management qualification of the head honchos of our schools. Of course, most principals can produce documentary evidence to attest to their educational qualifications. The question is though, how many are trained managers and administrators? How adequate are their human resources management and operations management skills? Just a few areas of competence every school management professional should possess. I was therefore impressed by the utterances and efforts of the Minister of Education based on the following article.

“What happens usually in most schools is that a person is a very good teacher, they have no management training whatsoever; but, they just have some natural skill. So, they get appointed vice-principal and when a job gets advertised for a principal and they apply, they get the job. And, what happens is that they have had no training to run an organisation that is as big as the companies that are listed on the stock exchange,” the insurance executive outlined.


E-Book Conference for teachers and students

This, I believe, is an excellent opportunity for both teachers and students to become acquainted with the future of learning.

May 5-6, 2011, at the Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston.
Day one of the conference is open – free of charge – to principals, lecturers/teachers and heads of department in secondary and tertiary institutions. Book publishers and Dell will explain the advantages of integrating e-books on laptops in the teaching and learning process.

Multifunctional device

The e-book’s functions include highlighting, bookmarking and note sharing (between lecturer and student, and student to student). Additionally, an e-book subscriber is able to access current updates to the text once it is available, and students can watch embedded videos within the book, do comprehensive word and subject searches. more

Judging The Jamaican Teacher

In the Ministry of Education, there have been statements of plans to improve the education system, which sound excellent, but which are going to be difficult to implement.

For example, the idea of targeting ‘non-performing’ schools and teachers does sound laudable. So does the idea of performance-based pay. But when one speaks of more money for some teachers and of ‘separation’ from non-performing teachers, one is treading a dangerous path. I say this because every teacher knows how difficult it can be to truly determine which teacher is doing a better job than the other.
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A Tertiary Education Council: Does it make sense?

Oliver Mills commented that according to Caribbean News Now, CARICOM is seeking to establish a Regional Tertiary Education Council, which would strengthen relationships among tertiary institutions, and adjudicate on collaborative ventures between universities in the development, delivery and accreditation of courses.


Jamaican students to face off in WorldSkills competition…Great idea

The University of Technology is again targeting practical skill development and youth empowerment which is so needed in the Caribbean today.   With the region reeling from the effects of recession and downsizing of many companies and industries, this initiative is worthy of commendation. See article below.

J’can students to face off in WorldSkills competition

JAMAICAN students will face off in 40 skill areas from 12 sectors, during the staging of the WorldSkills International Assembly, to be held at the University of Technology next month.

The 53 member countries of WorldSkills International will meet at the university to have strategic discussions and take decisions concerning the direction of WorldSkills International, which is dedicated to raising the status and standards of vocational education and training worldwide.


Women’s Rights are human rights – Segregation in education

Flair continues its series on women’s rights as discussed by the Convention on the Elimination of All forms of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) and presented in the booklet ‘CEDAW for Jamaicans’.In some Jamaican schools, boys are encouraged to pursue technical subjects, girls are encouraged to pursue domestic subjects and the timetable is created in such a way that a student has to do one or the other.

This situation reinforces gender stereotypes that certain subjects are for boys (metalwork/technical drawing) and for girls (home economics and cosmetology).see more