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Commentary: Turks and Caicos Islands Community College - Making strides or marking time?

November 18, 2016
Commentary: Turks and Caicos Islands Community College - Making strides or marking time? The Turks and Caicos Islands Community College (TCICC) was established over two decades ago in order to provide post secondary education to our students and to reduce the burden of astronomical expenditure on overseas scholarships. During this period of time (1994 to 2016)...

US Dept of Education says medical degrees issued by Guyana university are not recognised

November 14, 2016
US Dept of Education says medical degrees issued by Guyana university are not recognised GEORGETOWN, Guyana; – After a two-month joint investigation by a team of contributing investigative writers from the Guyana Guardian, the Times of India – which happens to be the world’s largest selling daily English language newspaper – and the Huffington Post – globally labelled...

Commentary: The Caribbean university: A plantation, the master's house?

November 14, 2016
Commentary: The Caribbean university: A plantation, the master's house? In Caribbean history, the plantation, and the master’s house are associated with slavery, its structure, and a set of imposed values. Many Caribbean scholars maintain that these structures remain in place in a subtle way, with changes designed to preserve the system. Plantation society...

Bahamas to improve skills-based training programs with IDB assistance

November 3, 2016
Bahamas to improve skills-based training programs with IDB assistance WASHINGTON, USA -- The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) and the government of The Bahamas are partnering in a new jobs initiative to increase workplace skills and improve employability among young people and adults who have had difficulty finding work.

Commentary: Reply to Trevor Male's comments on 'Do schools really shape our social identity?'

November 2, 2016
Commentary: Reply to Trevor Male's comments on 'Do schools really shape our social identity?' Trevor opens his comments by alleging I appear to fall into the trap that education equals schooling, and vice-versa. There is no evidence in my commentary where this is stated specifically. But when the concept of schooling is analysed, it can be seen that it is not only the context whereby...

IMPACT Justice donates over 200 books to the University of Guyana Library

October 29, 2016
IMPACT Justice donates over 200 books to the University of Guyana Library GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- The Canadian government-funded, Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project has donated 244 books (192 titles) to the University of Guyana Library as part of its efforts to improve the provision of legal information in Caribbean...

School feeding programmes could help fight NCDs in CARICOM

October 26, 2016
School feeding programmes could help fight NCDs in CARICOM GEORGE TOWN, Cayman Islands -- A food and nutrition official has identified the school feeding programme as a means of combating unhealthy eating habits in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). Lystra Fletcher-Paul, the Food and Agriculture Organization’s (FAO) sub-regional...

BVI to host launch of CAPE financial services syllabus

October 25, 2016
BVI to host launch of CAPE financial services syllabus ROAD TOWN, BVI -- The ministry of education and culture in the British Virgin Islands will host the launch of the new financial services syllabus for the Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) on Thursday, 3 November 2016. Dr Kedrick Pickering, acting premier of the BVI...

Commentary: Does teacher quality really matter?

October 24, 2016
Commentary: Does teacher quality really matter? The idea of teacher quality has become topical, particularly with regard to regional exam performance, and the performance of students internally. This is connected to discussions about the way teachers are trained, and the results they get, which affect the image of their schools.

IMPACT Justice project continues its legal education survey in Barbados and southern Caribbean

October 18, 2016
IMPACT Justice project continues its legal education survey in Barbados and southern Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project continues its survey of legal education this week. The IMPACT Justice consultants, Professor Jane Ching, Dr Noel Watson and Dr Adrian Cummins QC...

Commentary: Do schools really shape our social identity?

October 12, 2016
Commentary: Do schools really shape our social identity? One of the basic ideas of political sociology, is that the school as an agent of socialisation shapes our social and cultural identity, so that who we are, and will be are imprinted on our psyche determining how we behave. And that this personality remains with us, shaping how we think...

CXC to accept late submission of SBA samples

September 14, 2016
CXC to accept late submission of SBA samples BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- In an effort to ensure that the principles of natural justice and fairness are upheld, the Caribbean Examinations Council (CXC) has taken a decision to allow schools to submit school based assessment (SBA) samples that were prepared by students, but...

Private Hindu college in Guyana excels in the Caribbean

September 13, 2016
Private Hindu college in Guyana excels in the Caribbean GEORGETOWN, Guyana -- A private Hindu college/high school continues to excel academically in Guyana (and perhaps the Caribbean), surpassed only by the long-established (1844), state-funded Queen’s College. In the recent CSEC [equivalent to London GCE and Cambridge O’ Level...

IMPACT Justice donates books to Faculty of Law, UWI, Mona Campus

September 5, 2016
IMPACT Justice donates books to Faculty of Law, UWI, Mona Campus BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The Canadian government-funded Improved Access to Justice in the Caribbean (IMPACT Justice) project has donated 948 law books to the Faculty of Law of the UWI, Mona Campus, Jamaica. The official handing over ceremony for these books takes place...

New financing options for Barbados students

August 24, 2016
New financing options for Barbados students BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- A major challenge faced by governments and indeed individuals, amidst shrinking economies across the region, is the financing of higher education. This challenge is coupled with the pressures and demands by the public and private sector for the pursuit...

Resort developer announces scholarship programme for 50 students from Dominica

August 23, 2016
Resort developer announces scholarship programme for 50 students from Dominica ROSEAU, Dominica -- Range Developments, the developer of luxury projects in the Caribbean, has announced the creation of 50 scholarships of $1,000 each for students from the island of Dominica to help them pay for their studies. “Education is the single most important thing one...

CSEC results 2016

August 23, 2016
CSEC results 2016 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Sixty-six per cent of subject entries entered for the May/June 2016 Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations achieved Grades I-III, the acceptable grades at CSEC. This is just two percentage points below that of 2015 when 68 per cent...

CAPE results 2016

August 18, 2016
CAPE results 2016 BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- Performance in the 2016 Caribbean Advanced Proficiency Examination (CAPE) remained consistent with that of the past five years. Approximately 90 percent of the entries achieved Grades I-V, which are the acceptable grades at CAPE.  Thirteen percent of...

UWI ready to support Belize following Hurricane Earl

August 11, 2016
UWI ready to support Belize following Hurricane Earl KINGSTON, Jamaica -- At the peak of the hurricane season, The University of the West Indies (UWI) said it remains watchful and poised to lend support to its Caribbean neighbours. Outreach has begun for the recovery efforts in Belize after it was hard hit by Hurricane Earl.

Stakeholders discuss current state of education in the Caribbean

August 9, 2016
Stakeholders discuss current state of education in the Caribbean BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- When the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) launches its new education and training policy and strategy later in 2016, it will have had the input of some of the Caribbean region’s key stakeholders. The bank has undertaken a consultative process to ensure...

UWI Open Campus to sign MoU with Jamaica Constabulary Force

August 6, 2016
UWI Open Campus to sign MoU with Jamaica Constabulary Force KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The University of the West Indies (UWI) Open Campus will sign a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) on Monday. This agreement sets forth a framework for future collaboration in the areas of teaching and research.

Anguilla to host release of CXC 2016 results

August 6, 2016
Anguilla to host release of CXC 2016 results BRIDGETOWN, Barbados -- The eyes and ears of the region’s education community will be tuned into the island of Anguilla on Friday 12 August 2016. That is the day Anguilla will host the official release of the regional results for all CXC examinations offered in May/June 2016 sitting.

CDB funding to help Caribbean music industry go digital

August 5, 2016
CDB funding to help Caribbean music industry go digital BRIDGETOWN, Barbados – The board of directors of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) has approved a grant to support the digitalisation of Caribbean music. This intervention responds to the global shift to digital music distribution, which has placed the Caribbean music industry...

Commentary: The notion of educational leadership

August 3, 2016
Commentary: The notion of educational leadership Educational leadership is the strategic function that produces the critical changes required in the educational system, so that the vision and mission of the system are realised to the benefit of its clients. The notion is that, if educational leadership is demonstrated effectively at all levels...

Letter: The travel ban on University of Guyana graduates is unlawful and subverts the constitution

August 3, 2016
Letter: The travel ban on University of Guyana graduates is unlawful and subverts the constitution The recent pronouncement of the minister of finance in which he declared with the utmost pomposity that graduates who are in arrears with the University of Guyana would be prevented from travelling out of the country until they had settled the debt, must strike all right-minded people...

Commentary: UWI lecturer: A coveted intellectual experience

July 28, 2016
Commentary: UWI lecturer: A coveted intellectual experience I have genuinely found that being a lecturer in the philosophy of education at the UWI provided me with an enriched exposure to the Caribbean’s greatest minds. It was indeed a coveted intellectual experience. The academic resources available in my teaching area were immense.

Commentary: Educational improvement or transformation?

July 25, 2016
Commentary: Educational improvement or transformation? Education in the Caribbean seems to experience identical problems of performance of students, and the way teachers are prepared for the classroom. In one country, an institution that prepares teachers was said to have only three of its 17 courses accredited. Another report...

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