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Published: Wednesday | December 4, 2013 Comments 0

Debts to UN may cost Jamaica voting rights

Jamaica is in danger of losing its voting rights in the United Nations (UN) if it fails to pay outstanding sums by the end of this year.

Foreign Affairs and Foreign Trade Minister Senator A.J. Nicholson has revealed that Jamaica owes US$354,843 to the UN Regular Budget and a further US$103,002 to the UN Capital Master Plan.

Nicholson, who is also the leader of Government Business in the Senate, has disclosed further that Jamaica owes US$860,835 to UN peacekeeping operations.

He made the disclosure while responding to questions posed by Opposition Senator Robert Montague in the Senate.

Nicholson said Jamaica had already lost voting rights in the Commonwealth Foundation and the Commonwealth Youth Programme, noting that Jamaica was currently in arrears with most of the international organisations of which it was a member. He emphasised that efforts were being made to prevent similar fallout with the United Nations.

MOE's math-intervention workshops on a roll

Approximately 200 educators from 90 high schools across the island have been engaged in Ministry of Education mathematics-intervention workshops geared at enhancing their knowledge of the subject in the secondary school curriculum.

Speaking at the launch of the mathematics workshops at The Mico University College yesterday, Dr Tamika Benjamin, national mathematics coordinator, said, "We have decided to focus this series of workshops on 90 secondary schools because the ministry has decided to pay particular attention to a set of schools that we believe needs additional targeted support."

She added that the workshop sessions had been designed to build the competences of principals, mathematics department heads, and teachers so that they could become effective in improving students' performance in the troubled subject area.

Hugh Reid, president of the Insurance Association of Jamaica, title sponsor of the workshops, said that Jamaica's underperformance in mathematics was directly related to its "implementation deficit".

The first phase of the intervention programme will see noted math educators and master teachers delivering lessons over a two-day period in Kingston and Manchester.


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