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Stories by Judana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Published:Wednesday | October 28, 2020 | 12:05 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

It has been a struggle for educators who are mothers to school-age children in the COVID-19 education era. Their homes have become halls of learning for their children as well as the tens of thousands they teach online daily. “I have not been...

Published:Tuesday | October 27, 2020 | 12:11 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Principal of Hope Valley Experimental School, Anthony Grant, is reporting that the move to online learning has been a “welcome experience” for the St Andrew-based school. The institution, which currently has a population of 720 students, was...

Published:Saturday | October 24, 2020 | 12:11 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Contender for the presidency of the People’s National Party (PNP), Lisa Hanna, has asserted that healing and rebuilding the political organisation’s internal structures must be done outside of the public’s eyes. “For too long, the PNP, in many...

Published:Saturday | October 24, 2020 | 12:11 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

People’s National Party (PNP) presidential candidate Lisa Hanna has said that if she should become prime minister of Jamaica, she will be seeking to make changes to how constituencies are funded. “Those constituencies that are larger should get...

Published:Friday | October 23, 2020 | 12:13 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Mark Golding has said that the People’s National Party (PNP) has some work to do to regain the seats it lost in western Jamaica in the September 3 general election. When the dust settled on September 3, all 16 seats in the west went to the Jamaica...

Published:Friday | October 23, 2020 | 12:11 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

As the November 7 People’s National Party (PNP) presidential election draws closer, prospective candidate Mark Golding is oozing with confidence that he can secure the seat at the helm of the 82-year-old political organisation. Golding, who is...

Published:Thursday | October 22, 2020 | 2:24 PMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) Director Dr Carissa Etienne has issued an appeal to member states to “prioritise a transparent and proactive” communications approach for COVID-19. “The people of our region crave clear guidance....

Published:Saturday | October 17, 2020 | 12:13 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica is among six Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) member states which have been provided with the full down payment required for the COVAX Facility. The COVAX Facility is designed to accelerate equitable access by countries globally to...

Published:Saturday | October 17, 2020 | 12:09 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

For 23 years, Terri Ann Leslie has been cooling tempers, extinguishing blazes, and extricating people from crashed vehicles in the western parish of St James. The assistant superintendent is one of two females in the Jamaica Fire Brigade (JFB) who...

Published:Friday | October 16, 2020 | 12:12 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Shaneille Hall became an orphan at three years old and was placed in the care of her maternal family. She was learning to adjust to life without her parents and enjoying the joys of childhood when, at five years old, she was sexually abused by her...

Published:Wednesday | October 14, 2020 | 12:09 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

FOR THREE decades, RISE (Reaching Individuals through Skills and Education) Life Management Services has been impacting the lives of vulnerable populations in Jamaica. John James*, 40, began a career in the gaming industry in 2009 and was trained...

Published:Monday | October 12, 2020 | 12:11 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

A week after the official start of school in the COVID-19 era, parents and students in Epsom, St Mary, reported highs and lows of the new normal. Poor Internet connectivity was a common thread in the conversations a Gleaner news team had with...

Published:Saturday | October 10, 2020 | 12:13 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

“Very tragic” is how 17-year-old Malick McIntosh described the path he was on, before enrolling in an intensive mentorship programme at Annotto Bay High School in St Mary. His father was shot and killed in a case of mistaken identity when he was...

Published:Thursday | October 8, 2020 | 12:15 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) President Jasford Gabriel is appealing to the Government to make adjustments to the performance-based placement system for students leaving primary schools for secondary studies, calling for a zoning system or a...

Published:Thursday | October 8, 2020 | 12:08 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Sixteen-year-old Zaria Ferguson copped nine grade ones in the recent Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations, adding to the grade one she secured last year for geography. Ferguson, a student of Immaculate Conception High...

Published:Wednesday | October 7, 2020 | 12:15 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

The Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) and the Montego Bay Metro have been hard hit by the COVID-19 outbreak that is now into its seventh month in the island. Even with the reigniting of commerce since the frigid lockdowns of the early months,...

Published:Tuesday | October 6, 2020 | 6:22 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

“We are wading through the water ... but we are making our way.” That’s how principal of Rock Hall All-Age School in St Andrew, Paula Plummer, summed up the first official day of the academic year as online learning resumed as the new normal of...

Published:Saturday | October 3, 2020 | 12:08 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

After watching many of their crops wilt and die in a five-month-long drought, some struggling farmers in Chudleigh, Manchester, have been reduced to tears. The long-awaited rains have been so heavy and persistent that the remaining crops on much of...

Published:Friday | October 2, 2020 | 12:13 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

After three weeks of poring over head-scratching numbers and permutations, Dr Parris Lyew-Ayee Jr is just about done collating the data he needs to craft a road map to face-to-face engagement in the COVID-19 era. Then comes the hard part: piecing...

Published:Wednesday | September 30, 2020 | 12:20 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Some 36,000 needy students not registered on the Programme of Advancement Through Health and Education (PATH) will be able to benefit from vouchers towards the purchase of tablets or laptops. Minister of Education, Youth and Information Fayval...

Published:Tuesday | September 29, 2020 | 12:12 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Grade seven students Sameerah Dyer and Salama Abdul-Majeed are over the moon about their performance in the recent Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) exams as they aced principles of business with a grade one with distinction and a...

Published:Monday | September 28, 2020 | 12:08 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

United States-based, Jamaican Stephanie Dunstan is seeking to expand the reach of the Mavis Scarlett Foundation, which was formed in 2016 and incorporated in 2018. Her grandmother, in whose honour the foundation is named, worked as a librarian at...

Published:Friday | September 25, 2020 | 12:14 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Otisa Wilmoth, head girl of the St James-based Green Pond High School last academic year, has emerged as the top performer at the institution in the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations. Wilmoth, who loves competition, has...

Published:Thursday | September 24, 2020 | 12:12 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

Tasseika Dunn’s story is one of resilience. The 19-year-old graduate of Mount Alvernia High School in Montego Bay, St James, is now seeing a financial hurdle as the latest obstacle blocking the path to her dream. She is, however, not new to...

Published:Wednesday | September 23, 2020 | 12:15 AMJudana Murphy/Gleaner Writer

As some Caribbean countries delay the start to the 2020-2021 academic year because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the regional examination body is already in discussions about next year’s sitting. Home-based learning has begun in Trinidad while...

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