The University Council of Jamaica (UCJ) has advised students entering tertiary institutions to ensure that their schools of choice are registered and the courses have been properly accredited.
Grace Gordon, director of accreditation at the council, said persons applying to several of the new colleges and universities being advertised must take extra precaution, as many of these schools may not be approved to offer tertiary programmes.
"Check before you go in these schools, because there are several institutions advertising as tertiary schools, but they are really secondary institutions," Gordon said.
She said there are only 46 institutions registered in the country to offer degrees, diplomas or any other tertiary certifications.
Of this 46, only three of these have been granted university status; these are the University of the West Indies, University of Technology, and Northern Caribbean University.
National energy provider Jamaica Public Service (JPS) has said it has intercepted one of the activities that leads to outages in communities with the Residential Advanced Metering Infrastructure (RAMI) anti-theft network.
JPS said crews carrying out operations this week, in sections of the Old Harbour Bay community in St Catherine, discovered 35 illegal connections in three energy guard boxes, which are mounted on the utility poles, as part of the RAMI system. Streetlights were also found to be tampered with, as part of the illegal abstraction of electricity.
The light-and-power company said such breaches lead to sectional outages and affect the quality of service received by residents.
Also, two men were served with summons and are to appear in court on October 1, after the premises they occupied were found to have illegal connections.
JPS also said 235 throw-ups were removed from the Portmore Villa, Old Passage Fort, and Portmore Drive areas.
Christine Hendricks, executive director of the Jamaica Council for Persons with Disabilities has expressed grave concern over the effect that poverty has on children with mental and intellectual disabilities due to a lack of trained professionals in the public sector.
Hendricks noted that there is a lack of trained professionals in areas such as speech therapy, occupational therapy and behavioural therapy.
Checks by The Gleaner have revealed that an assessment with a private speech therapist would cost an average of J$18,000, after which each 30-minute session would cost in the range of J$4,000. These sessions could last up to three months.
"People with intellectual disabilities need a multi-disciplinary team at hand in the school setting and society in general. Currently, we do not have these therapists or professionals in the numbers that we need," Hendricks told The Gleaner.