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Published:Monday | October 8, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The country is just not ready for the Primary Exit Profile (PEP). There are serious problems of language and culture that have to be confronted first. The direction of PEP towards analysis and critical thinking is correct. The implementation of the...

Published:Sunday | October 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

It ought to be a concern of all of us that more and more of our fellow citizens are falling through the social safety net and ending up on the streets in various capacities.There is a proliferation of 'robot' taxis. These are unlicensed passenger...

Published:Sunday | October 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

There is consensus among Jamaica's parents, educators and the political Establishment for a primary curriculum that encourages critical thinking by, and the continuous testing of, the island's primary students. No one wants to have them cramming for...

Published:Sunday | October 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Friday's Gleaner editorial, titled 'The confusion of auxiliary fees', speculates that the amounts collected by schools "fell after the minister's initial foray and his public spats with principals over the issue, especially in the lead-up to the...

Published:Sunday | October 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The time for tiptoeing around mental illness and the impact on our population is long past. There is no better time to come to terms with that fact than today, as we kick off our observation of Mental Health Week in Jamaica and ahead of World Mental...

Published:Sunday | October 7, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last week, I ended up in traffic behind a bus advertising one of our many universities. Incidentally, I provoked a lot of debate a few years ago because of a column I'd written with the headline, 'University fi stone dog'. I reported then that there...

Published:Saturday | October 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM

People who are concerned about what's happening to our men and boys seemingly do not realise that constantly labeling their underachievement and disproportionate involvement in criminality and other social ills as"male marginalisation" prevents us...

Published:Saturday | October 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Quick action by the security forces and customs has prevented 26 illegal guns from getting into criminal hands. This is something to celebrate in a country that is daily convulsed by gun violence that is claiming lives at an alarming rate. More than...

Published:Saturday | October 6, 2018 | 12:00 AM

If you're working in a supermarket, taking up a piece of cake is a piece of cake. The term "piece of cake" applied to any action means that it is easy to accomplish, for example, "Why did the students eat their homework?" Because the teacher said it...

Published:Friday | October 5, 2018 | 12:06 AM

Addressing the first meeting of the parent-teacher association for the new academic year last week, Walton Small, the principal of Wolmer's Boys' School, one of Jamaica's top high schools, reeled off a host of improvements being undertaken.Internet...

Published:Friday | October 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Orville Higgins had an article in The Gleaner of Saturday, September 8, 2018, titled 'Why do we attend high school?' This article, he claimed, was prompted by a discussion he had with a teacher concerning the action of Calabar High in preventing...

Published:Friday | October 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Fifteen years after George W. Bush invaded Iraq to destroy Saddam Hussein's imaginary 'weapons of mass destruction', what have the Iraqis got to show for it? There was a great deal of death and destruction (around half a million Iraqis have died...

Published:Friday | October 5, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In Jamaica, we have placed academic achievement as the pinnacle of success at the expense of experiential learning, in effect dooming a significant portion of our population to poverty and social stagnation.When we talk about the productivity of the...

Published:Thursday | October 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

KD Knight's recommendation that the Government compensate operators of public passenger vehicles, who, for a quarter of a century, paid fees that the Transport Authority (TA) had no legal authority to impose, is a commendable, and perhaps, moral...

Published:Thursday | October 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Hypocrisy is quite often the strategic partner of the politician, and no place is it best employed that in the pandering to the faithful from a raucous party platform and in how all security ministers fawn over and flatter the police.Back in the...

Published:Thursday | October 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Last month, after preaching at the funeral service for Sandra Brown Bennett, a top sales agent for The Gleaner, at which many media personalities were in attendance, one young editor asked me whether I thought persons were listening to my sermon. He...

Published:Thursday | October 4, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I have a problem with the manner in which wrecking services operate under the umbrella of enforcing parking regulations throughout the Corporate Area.On any given day, wreckers actively patrol areas such as New Kingston on the lookout for illegally...

Published:Wednesday | October 3, 2018 | 12:10 AM

There's a Jamaican salesman of California wines who, on retirement, got into the newspaper circulation business at home. Quoting his old boss, he was fond of telling his field staff that they had to inspect what they expect.In other words, they not...

Published:Wednesday | October 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

One must ponder the reports in the media of children with academic and physical challenges, as well as behavioural issues. In June, there was the publicised case of a child who passed the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) for Meadowbrook High School...

Published:Wednesday | October 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The workers in the reparation movement have long recognised the importance of public education to garnering wider support for their efforts.We, Jamaicans, have only just begun to write our own history. For centuries, we have been fed the views,...

Published:Wednesday | October 3, 2018 | 12:00 AM

In Jamaica, we find ourselves at an extraordinary moment that has the power to define who we are as a country. But for people of faith, no matter their persuasion, this moment could also demonstrate our true capacity for tolerance, acceptance,...

Published:Tuesday | October 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

I just finished watching Europe defeat USA for the sixth consecutive time on European soil to win the Ryder Cup, perhaps the most important team sport outside of football's World Cup.France won the World Cup. USA failed to qualify for the tournament...

Published:Tuesday | October 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Maybe it's just me, but somehow it seems as if elected politicians in this country are losing the relevance they once had in the communities within their constituencies and divisions.By politician, I mean elected members of parliament and...

Published:Tuesday | October 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

The prestigious medical publication Lancet, in collaboration with the World Bank, recently released the findings of a survey ranking the human capital development of 195 countries for 2016 compared with 1990. This publication has not been heralded...

Published:Tuesday | October 2, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Call me crazy, but I like a little foreplay with my fried chicken.Last Friday, I was jonesing for a fast-food fix. I allow myself the indulgence once a week, and I headed to the nearest drive-through to satisfy my craving.The cashier was not in the...

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