More maths experts
The Ministry of Education, Youth and Information will be expanding the number of specialist mathematics teachers at the primary-school level.
Thirty-nine schools have benefited from the initiative, which was piloted at the start of the 2018-2019 academic year last September, Education Minister Ruel Reid said.
“Schools are provided with resources, and additional training with certification is provided for teachers who qualify as primary mathematics specialists. The model will see these teachers being solely responsible for the delivery of the primary mathematics curriculum,” Reid said at the launch of The Mico University College’s International Mathematics Summit on January 30.
There are plans to expand the programme to an additional 200 schools at the beginning of the 2019-20 academic year.
Road deaths worry council
Executive director of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), Paula Fletcher, is expressing concern over the increase in fatalities on Jamaica’s roads in 2018. The numbers were up from 322 in 2017 to 386 last year.
“We are particularly worried at this time about young Jamaican victims in the 20- to 34-year age bracket,” said NRSC Co-Chair Dr Lucien Jones.
“It is also disturbing to note that the vast majority of victims – some 80 per cent – are male.”
The NRSC said that its objective is to suppress road deaths to below 300, in keeping with global targets.