The challenges facing mathematics and science education are serious enough to warrant the nation's attention. We need look no further than the Grade Four Numeracy Test where less than half of the population sitting that test attained mastery. And this is an improvement on the 2009-2010 results, we are told.
One of the major reasons for communication problems is that we use the same word to describe a variety of phenomena that are essentially different. Take the word 'love'. We believe that 'love makes the world go round' and 'love is in the air'. We say, "I love my wife", "I love my house", "I love my car", "I love our dog."
The minister of education has found it necessary to engage the full force of his office to address the reported incidence of sexual harassment of lower-school girls by some of their senior counterparts. I find this situation very troubling on two primary fronts.
After 100 days, I am yet to be convinced that the current administration is any better than the previous. From an all-too-absent prime minister, to no clear plan or path to take Jamaica forward, the impression is that the Government is just feeling its way through.
I draw to your attention to a most disturbing and puzzling experience that I had on Tuesday, April 10, 2012 at the Swallowfield Examination Depot.
On Thursday, April 5, I wrote a letter titled 'Sick of poor Digicel service', where I outlined my frustrations and dissatisfaction with the service being provided to me by Digicel. This letter has borne much fruit, and I must say the response from Digicel has been heart-warming and in most instances beyond my expectations.
As an independent school serving children with severe multiple disabilities, The STEP Centre has always faced major financial challenges to sustain and develop our work. Through our greeting card business, we have been able to purchase land on which to build a new school and resource centre.