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New Generation CAPE subjects do well in first sitting

August 28, 2015
New Generation CAPE subjects do well in first sitting BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The ten Units of five New Generation CAPE subjects, which were offered for the first time in the May/June 2015 sitting, performed very well. More than 90 per cent of entries in all of the Units achieved Grades I-V, which are the acceptable grades at CAPE.

Slight improvement in CSEC performance

August 27, 2015
Slight improvement in CSEC performance BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Sixty-eight per cent of the subject entries submitted for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) May/June 2015 examinations achieved Grades I-III, the acceptable grades at this level. This compares favourably with performance in 2014 when 66 percent...

Commentary: Trinidad and Tobago: Education reform and societal mobilisation

August 11, 2015
Commentary: Trinidad and Tobago: Education reform and societal mobilisation Trinidad and Tobago may begin the process of paving the way for structural reforms within the Caribbean by making dramatic changes to its education system. The country of about 1.34 million people is attempting to reform higher education so that it may increase its economic output. In addition to economic gain...

OECS statisticians to discuss strengthening of data systems for education decision-making

August 10, 2015
OECS statisticians to discuss strengthening of data systems for education decision-making CASTRIES, St Lucia -- Education statisticians across the Organisation of Eastern Caribbean States (OECS) will attend an annual meeting in St Kitts and Nevis from August 11-14, 2015 to provide OECS statisticians with a forum to identify and adopt best practices for improved education data for regional...

Thirteen St Kitts-Nevis students to be awarded Taiwan scholarships

August 5, 2015
Thirteen St Kitts-Nevis students to be awarded Taiwan scholarships BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- After months of waiting in anticipation 13 students from St Kitts and Nevis will be awarded scholarships to pursue studies in various fields in Taiwan. An award ceremony, which is being organized by Taiwan’s embassy in Basseterre, will be held on Thursday to present...

Commentary: Big Dragon on Campus: China's soft power-play in academia

July 29, 2015
Commentary: Big Dragon on Campus: China's soft power-play in academia This past April, in a ceremony attended by the Chinese ambassador, Barbados announced the establishment of a Confucius Institute at the University of the West Indies (UWI)-Cave Hill. This institute is one of over 400 Confucius Institutes established in schools across 115 countries.

CDB provides grant funds to help University of Belize improve operations

July 25, 2015
CDB provides grant funds to help University of Belize improve operations BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The government of Belize is continuing its focus on expanding access to quality tertiary education by looking at ways to improve operations at the University of Belize (UB). The Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a grant of US$400,000 to the...

Jamaican private university college plans to go public

July 21, 2015
Jamaican private university college plans to go public KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The University College of the Caribbean (UCC) located in Jamaica is aggressively advancing its strategic plans to become the first private university college in the Caribbean to go public. This move, it is believed, would address the huge gap between market demand for tertiary education...

Commentary: Why does Grenada need Balthazar University?

July 13, 2015
Commentary: Why does Grenada need Balthazar University? Universities come with different characters – some feature creative disciplines of study - for invention and enhancing productive capacity, growth and leadership. Others feature disciplines more related to maintenance – keeping people healthy is a good example... All accelerate the knowledge...

Navigating 'Island' Parenting: The summer learning loss phenomenon

July 8, 2015
Navigating 'Island' Parenting: The summer learning loss phenomenon Navigating “Island” Parenting is a submission of insights, quotes, tips and parenting advice that I have gathered over the years as a source of inspiration and as tools to deal with the daily challenges of parenting. This week’s issue: The Summer Learning Loss Phenomenon. The hope is that this submission...

UN secretary-general to visit UWI for Caribbean Youth Speak

June 30, 2015
UN secretary-general to visit UWI for Caribbean Youth Speak CAVE HILL, Barbados -- Young people across the Caribbean will have a rare opportunity to directly state their concerns to United Nations secretary-general, Ban Ki-moon, when the University of the West Indies (UWI) hosts a UN youth symposium at Cave Hill campus on Friday. The UN chief will be in Barbados...

Commentary: The View from Europe: Education innovation and the future

June 27, 2015
Commentary: The View from Europe: Education innovation and the future For many years now, the Caribbean has been able to cultivate a generally positive image of high literacy levels and academic achievement. It has given the world Nobel laureates and has demonstrated a capacity for intellectual rigour and debate that makes it among the more interesting regions of the world.

Commentary: Implement bullying intervention programs in Caribbean schools

June 23, 2015
Commentary: Implement bullying intervention programs in Caribbean schools The Caribbean Mentorship Institute expresses condolences to the families of the young Moesha Primus of St Vincent. Bullying is a serious violation against a child’s right to live in a safe and violence-free environment. The Institute, which has embarked on a number of pilot training programs across the Caribbean...

Barbados government to address cell phone use in schools

June 20, 2015
Barbados government to address cell phone use in schools BRIDGETOWN, Barbados (BGIS) -- Minister of education, science, technology and innovation, Ronald Jones, has hinted that changes will be coming in September to address the use of cell phones in schools in Barbados. Speaking on Thursday, the minister said this would not be in any wanton way.

Commonwealth education ministers to focus on quality and skills

June 16, 2015
Commonwealth education ministers to focus on quality and skills LONDON, England -- The 19th conference of Commonwealth education ministers (19CCEM) will tackle the tough challenges facing governments in providing quality education and employable skills for young people, Deodat Maharaj, Commonwealth deputy secretary general, has said.

Grenada university collaborates with researchers to tackle vector borne infections

June 11, 2015
Grenada university collaborates with researchers to tackle vector borne infections ST GEORGE'S, Grenada -- St George's University recently participated in a groundbreaking feasibility study for an infectious disease surveillance system conducted with a team of researchers and scientists in Grenada.  The objective of the study was to gather data to automate the collection...

Jamaica's ministry of education falls for 'Charlie Charlie' viral marketing scam

June 4, 2015
Jamaica's ministry of education falls for 'Charlie Charlie' viral marketing scam KINGSTON, Jamaica -- Scared by the supposedly demonic potential of the internet viral “Charlie Charlie” pencil and paper game, Jamaica’s ministry of education took the unusual step to ban the supposedly evil game from within the precincts of all schools throughout the island. As news of the ban...

Caribbean bombs out at 2015 Scripps Spelling Bee

June 1, 2015
Caribbean bombs out at 2015 Scripps Spelling Bee WASHINGTON, USA -- This year's crop of spelling bee champions from the Caribbean did not make it to the finals as they had done typically in previous years. In a stunning upset, Makayla Todman of the US Virgin Islands spelled out in round three with T.O.R.Q.U.E.M.A.D.A. Meanwhile, Sara-Beth...

Letter: Jamaica's education ministry fueling superstition

June 1, 2015
Letter: Jamaica's education ministry fueling superstition While I was prepared to ignore this new school prank about a demon named Charlie who is supposed to communicate by moving pencils as a joke, I was taken a little bit by surprise to hear the permanent secretary in the Jamaica’s education ministry and the ministry itself warning people to stay away...

CDB approves US$35m loan to Belize to improve access to and delivery of basic education

May 25, 2015
CDB approves US$35m loan to Belize to improve access to and delivery of basic education BASSETERRE, St Kitts -- More children are expected to gain access to education in Belize with the construction of 35 new schools and the provision of 5,300 additional places across pre-primary, primary and secondary levels. These are among the benefits to flow from a US$35 million loan.

Two St Lucian students' research papers win prizes in Taiwan

May 25, 2015
Two St Lucian students' research papers win prizes in Taiwan TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Two Saint Lucian students, who are now preparing for graduation from their respective universities in Taiwan, were among a group of young scholars who won prizes in a recently concluded student paper competition organized by the International Cooperation Development Fund.

Commentary: Exam time is here, parents draw near!

May 21, 2015
Commentary: Exam time is here, parents draw near! It is that time of the year again, when our students are being tested to determine what they have learnt throughout the school year. For those in their final year of high school, it is a test to determine how much they have learnt over several years. For some, this may be a very joyous occasion.

Poets Corner: Education Reform

May 16, 2015
Poets Corner: Education Reform Belize has a fundamental problem The enemy is teaching our children No wonder they know not what to defend No wonder the country is in such peril and mayhem They lack the ancestral wisdom to guide them These so called stakeholders in education are singing for their supper...

UWI sees change in the future of the Caribbean

May 14, 2015
UWI sees change in the future of the Caribbean ST AUGUSTINE, Trinidad -- UWI academics from across the Caribbean comprised over 65 regional and international thought leaders, who for three days engaged in vigorous debate and discussion on challenges and solutions for the Caribbean future. In a first of its kind event in the region, the Forum...

UWI Open Campus launches development project in St Vincent and the Grenadines

May 14, 2015
UWI Open Campus launches development project in St Vincent and the Grenadines KINGSTOWN, St Vincent -- As the University of the West Indies (UWI) continues to lay the groundwork to meet its strategic goals, objectives and targets under its current strategic plan for 2012-2017, the Open Campus in St Vincent and the Grenadines will be hosting the launch of the UWI Open Campus...

ILO and Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean launch new course in labour diplomacy

May 12, 2015
ILO and Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean launch new course in labour diplomacy PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad -- The Diplomatic Academy of the Caribbean, in partnership with the International Labour Organization (ILO), has created a new module in labour diplomacy. It is one of a series of diplomacy courses offered by the Academy. The course was officially launched at the...

US university offers students health program in Cuba

May 7, 2015
US university offers students health program in Cuba HAVANA, Cuba (ACN) -- The University of South Dakota, in the United States, is offering students a program to take health service administration in Cuba and learn from the island’s reality, culture and people. A news article on the webpage of the South Dakota-based KELO AM radio station...

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