Education Ministry To Spend 775 Million To Purchase Textbooks

first_img Bahamas DPM Turnquest, as IDB Governor, Talks Technology and Climate Change Resilience at IDB Conclave Jamaica’s Senate Begins debate on National Identification and Registration Bill Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Two boys die, bicycle and van collide in St. Catherine, Jamaica Recommended for you Related Items:Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, jamaica, Minister of Education, textbooks Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppKINGSTON, July 22 (JIS): It will cost the Ministry of Education some $775 million to procure textbooks for the upcoming school year beginning in September.Minister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, made the disclosure while addressing the House of Representatives on July 21.He pointed out that the textbooks reflect the content of the Revised Primary Curriculum and the syllabi for the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC), National Vocational Qualification of Jamaica (NVQJ), Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) and the City and Guilds.“With the exception of texts for Literatures in English, the texts provided at both levels for content disciplines are sufficiently adequate to support and reinforce the learning experiences of the students,” Rev. Thwaites said.He added that the Ministry continues to monitor closely the use of other texts to augment its provisions, in light of the exorbitant amount that parents are expected to invest in textbooks, some of which are often not used.The Minister also informed that the Ministry has issued guidelines for the purchase of textbooks for primary and secondary school students for the 2015/16 Academic Year.Rev. Thwaites noted that for grades one to three, no more than two supplementary books are needed; and for grades four to six, only one workbook each is needed for science, social studies, language arts and mathematics.He added that for grades seven to nine, no more than two supplementary texts are needed and, on average, three Literature books, approximately one per term.Rev. Thwaites also stressed that books that are required for purchase outside of these guidelines must be based on children’s unique learning needs.“In addition, parents may also be required to purchase dictionaries, atlases and technical equipment,” he said.last_img read more

TCI Police now linked to Global fight against online Child porn

first_imgA joint media release included other overseas territories Anguilla, the Cayman Islands, British Virgin Islands, Montserrat and Bermuda.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp You can Go to our report online at and see how the IWF Reporting Portal works, Watch this short video. The IWF has created a way for citizens of the world to report on child predators through a web portal, which can be accessed through participating websites.  Statistically, the IWF positively identified 68,092 reports of child sexual abuse images or videos, which it then helped, remove from the internet. From that figure, 69% of the victims were assessed as ten years old or under; even more appalling, 1,788 victims were assessed as two or under. And worse, just over one third were category A, which is the rape or sexual torture of children.  Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe Turks and Caicos Islands Police has joined forces with other international agencies to launch the International Watch Foundation to curtail sexual content being posted online featuring our children.  Related Items: Acting Superintendent in charge of the Sexual Offences and Domestic Violence Unit, Mary Durham says: “Every way and means necessary to protect our children here in the Turks and Caicos Islands is of high importance.  The introduction of the reporting portal is certainly a great initiative and is impeccable as we move forward with an aim to stop child abuse images and video from surfacing on the internet.”  Police Press Officer, Kevin Clarke distributes the image and URL, for local website owners to add the feature to their websites and join the global movement which was launched yesterday, June 1st.  Clarke said: “The IWF is a not for profit organisation supported by the global internet industry and the European Commission. They search for child sexual abuse images and videos and offer a place for the public to report them anonymously. Then have them removed.” last_img read more