Education council notes improvement in school board appointments
The National Council on Education says it has seen an improvement in the speed and efficiency with which school boards are being appointed.
Merris Murray, the executive director of the council, says as at July 13, boards had been appointed for the 164 public schools in Region One, comprising Kingston and St Andrew.
In Region Two, which comprises Portland, St Mary and St Thomas, boards were appointed in 171 schools.
In Region Three, which includes St Ann and Trelawny, boards were appointed in 123 schools.
Murray says most of the boards for schools in other parishes have been constituted.
Parents urged not to buy large number of books
Education Minister Ronald Thwaites is advising parents not to buy a large number of textbooks when the same material is available through books provided under the book-rental scheme and through technology.
"The textbooks are too long. I am in favour of students reading as much as they can, but buying 15 and 16 books has never been a guarantee that we are going to read them all, and use them all," he said. "What we need to do is to visit the school September morning, and see what books are being provided under the book-rental scheme."
SERHA working to improve diagnostic services at KPH
The South East Regional Health Authority (SERHA) said it is working to resolve issues affecting some diagnostic services offered at the Kingston Public Hospital (KPH).
Board Chairman Lyttleton Shirley said steps are being taken to repair the computerised tomography (CT) scanner and the fluoroscopic unit, which are out of service.
They were making final arrangements to purchase replacement parts and have them installed by an overseas supplier. They will be spending more than US$30,000 to get the equipment up and running. In the interim, they have been outsourcing the services, he said.
Three cops held in major drug probe
Three members of the Island Special Constabulary Force are now in custody at the May Pen Police Station. They are being interrogated by investigators from the Anti-Corruption Branch in connection with a major drug probe.
The cops, who are based in Kingston, were picked up on Sunday morning in Portland Cottage, Clarendon, where they are alleged to have been demanding cocaine from persons there.
According to investigators, when the demand was not met, the cops abducted a man from the area and took him to a section of the fishing beach.
The cops were intercepted on the fishing beach with the abducted man.