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CSEC performance continues upward trend

August 16, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The overall performance for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) May/June 2014 examination continued the gradual upward trend started in 2012. This year, 66 percent of entries achieved acceptable grades, Grades I – III.

CXC first paper-less exam returns excellent results

August 14, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Digital media, offered in May/June 2014 as the first 100 percent paper-less examination by the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has returned excellent results in its first sitting. One hundred percent of the candidates taking Digital Media Units 1 and 2...

CXC to release 2014 results in St Vincent and the Grenadines

August 13, 2014
KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- St Vincent and the Grenadines will host the Caribbean Examinations Council’s (CXC) annual release of results for the May/June examinations on Monday 18 August 2014. The event will be held at the Peace Memorial Hall in Kingstown.

UWI's Prof Andy Knight joins Ocean Security board

August 12, 2014
UWI's Prof Andy Knight joins Ocean Security board KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Ocean Security International (OSI) has announced that Professor W. Andy Knight, director of the Institute of International Relations of The University of the West Indies, has agreed to serve on the OSI Scientific and Academic Board to facilitate and coordinate OSI’s future work...

UN module launched at Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean

August 6, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- In anticipation of the 69th Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 69), the University of the West Indies (UWI) Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean’s fourth module will focus on Understanding the United Nations. This module is geared towards...

Education sector received bulk of OAS assistance to St Kitts-Nevis in past eight years

August 1, 2014
Education sector received bulk of OAS assistance to St Kitts-Nevis in past eight years BASSETERRE, St Kitts (CUOPM) -- The education sector in St Kitts and Nevis received the bulk of the resources offered by the Washington-based Organisation of American States (OAS) under the leadership of former director Starret Greene. Greene, who succeeded Ken Parker in 2006, ended an...

Commentary: Education: Cake or just the icing? Form or substance? Work-horse or toy?

July 24, 2014
Commentary: Education: Cake or just the icing? Form or substance? Work-horse or toy? What will it be for you? When it comes to personal education, the cake has to come first -- one has to know something to shine -- and if one knows a lot more then that is the icing on the cake. The same should apply to educational methods: a solid foundation, a strong structure at all levels...

UWI and University of Havana discuss Caribbean challenges

July 7, 2014
UWI and University of Havana discuss Caribbean challenges ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- On June 24 and 25, representatives of the University of West Indies (UWI) and the University of Havana, Cuba, met at the Institute of International Relations located at the UWI’s St Augustine Campus in Trinidad and Tobago to discuss “Development challenges and possibilities for...

St Kitts teachers threaten to take industrial action

July 2, 2014
St Kitts teachers threaten to take industrial action BASSETERRE, St Kitts (WINN) -- The St Kitts Teachers Union has labelled a move by the Ministry of Education to discipline the principal of the Basseterre High School (BHS) as “vindictive” and it says it will move to industrial action if action is taken against the over 30-year teaching veteran.

Haitian embassy launches training program for next generation of leaders

June 30, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- Seven students from top universities in Haiti arrived in the US capital this week to work at the Haitian embassy as part of a new summer fellowship and work-training program. Their arrival followed the departure to Haiti last week of six Haitian-American graduate students.

Commentary: 'Remember yesterday, dream for tomorrow, live for today'

June 28, 2014
Commentary: 'Remember yesterday, dream for tomorrow, live for today' High school graduation is certainly a memorable occasion for all of you, and it gives me great pleasure to remind you as you graduate to “remember yesterday, dream for tomorrow and live for today.” As I reflected on this theme in preparation to address you graduates, I realized that the theme encompasses...

UWI launches new Caribbean Journal of Criminology

June 26, 2014
MONA, Jamaica -- The Institute of Criminal Justice and Security (ICJS), based at the regional headquarters of the University of the West Indies (UWI), has announced the launch of its latest publication, the Caribbean Journal of Criminology. The Caribbean Journal of Criminology is...

CXC going live with electronic marking in 2014

June 19, 2014
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) is utilising electronic marking or e-marking for some of its scripts for the 2014 May/June examination sitting. The Council will be marking 11 papers in seven Caribbean Secondary Education (CSEC) subjects.

Caribbean school wins global award for space experiment

June 19, 2014
Caribbean school wins global award for space experiment ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- You wouldn't normally expect to hear a conversation about "ionization in the earth's atmosphere" happening between a group of 12-to 14-year-old youngsters. But that conversation is exactly what led enterprising youth from the Caribbean nation of Trinidad and Tobago...

Belize to improve education with $10 million loan from IDB

June 14, 2014
WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $10 million loan designed to help Belize improve its primary education and the governance of its education system. The program aims to prepare the teachers of today and tomorrow by supporting...

UWI doctorate for Sir Ronald Sanders

June 14, 2014
UWI doctorate for Sir Ronald Sanders ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- The University of the West Indies (UWI) has announced the award of an honorary Doctorate of Letters (DLtt) to outstanding Guyanese/Antiguan scholar, journalist and diplomat Sir Ronald Michael Sanders, 66, KCMG, KCN, AM, in recognition of his long and distinguished...

Commentary: Education: It's time to come out of the nosedive... successfully

June 14, 2014
Commentary: Education: It's time to come out of the nosedive... successfully Most economists, prime ministers and politicians are very happy if economic activity shows growth of at least two percent each year. When a plane goes into a nosedive does anyone get anxious? I think you know the answer! Part of what drives an improving economy is the increasing knowledge and...

Barbados minister urges defaulters to repay student loans

June 9, 2014
Barbados minister urges defaulters to repay student loans BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- With some $28 million owed to the Student Revolving Loan Fund (SRLF), Barbados minister of education, science, technology and innovation, Ronald Jones, told defaulters at a press conference on Friday: pay back the money you owe or else!

Haitian PM joins MIT faculty and administrators to develop education opportunities

June 7, 2014
Haitian PM joins MIT faculty and administrators to develop education opportunities CAMBRIDGE, USA -- Haitian Prime Minister Laurent Lamothe on Thursday joined MIT Sloan Executive Education faculty and administrators and MIT-Haiti Initiative leaders for a planning session on the next phase of the MIT-Haiti Initiative, a joint partnership between Massachusetts Institute of...

Grenada secures Chinese backing for new teaching hospital

June 3, 2014
ST GEORGE’S, Grenada (GIS) -- Grenada has secured backing from the Chinese government and other overseas partners who will join St George’s University (SGU) in establishing a new teaching hospital in the country, Prime Minister Keith Mitchell has announced.

OECS member states consider new instrument to monitor early childhood development centres

May 28, 2014
OECS member states consider new instrument to monitor early childhood development centres BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- The Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) Commission is facilitating discussions among early childhood coordinators/directors/education officers towards adopting a proposed instrument for routine monitoring of early childhood development (ECD) centres.

Commentary: Becoming a teacher in Trinidad

May 27, 2014
Commentary: Becoming a teacher in Trinidad On July 20, 1969, astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin left the temporary safety of their spacecraft Apollo 11 and entered into the lunar module – ‘a flying box’ – which descended and landed safely onto the moon’s surface. Armstrong reported that his biggest concern about landing on the moon...

UWI terminates professor's contract following testimony in gay sex case

May 22, 2014
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The University of the West Indies (UWI) has terminated the contract of Professor Brendan Bain as director of the Regional Coordinating Unit (RCU) of the Caribbean HIV/Training (CHART) Network following his expert testimony in a high-profile case in Belize.

Caribbean classrooms of the future initiative launched in Trinidad and Tobago

May 22, 2014
Caribbean classrooms of the future initiative launched in Trinidad and Tobago PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- A series of technologically advanced classrooms, designed to benefit thousands of students and educators in schools across the Caribbean, is being launched following a commitment from international telecommunications company Samsung to the Organization of American States.

Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean takes off

May 20, 2014
Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean takes off ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- The first Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean has already graduated its first cohort of 23 students in an inaugural module on contemporary diplomacy. The Academy, a joint project between the government of Trinidad and Tobago and its ministry of foreign affairs...

UWI vice-chancellor to demit office in 2015

May 16, 2014
UWI vice-chancellor to demit office in 2015 MONA, Jamaica -- Vice-chancellor of the University of the West Indies (UWI) Professor E. Nigel Harris, has announced that he will demit office in April 2015. At that time, he will have served for ten years as vice-chancellor, a time he believes appropriate to serve as senior administrator.

UWI's revised grade point average scheme starts 2014/2015 academic year

May 16, 2014
MONA, Jamaica -- A revised grade point average (GPA) scheme will be introduced by the University of the West Indies (UWI) from the beginning of the 2014/2015 academic year. Changes to the GPA were approved by the board for undergraduate studies in 2011 and the UWI had announced...

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