EDUCATION

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PAHO Makes School Reopening Recommendations

PAHO Director Dr. Carissa Etienne said this approach should take into consideration the local epidemiological situation, which can change rapidly. Dr. Etienne said before reopening schools, countries must ensure institutions can maintain COVID-19 prevention and infection control measures, including physical distancing, hand hygiene, and mask-wearing. She noted that PAHO has developed guidelines for reopening schools and is working with member […]

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14-Year-Old Zaila Nails US Scripps National Spelling Bee Competition

Zaila Avant-garde, a 14-year-old from New Orleans, Louisiana, won on a canter the U.S. Scripps National Spelling Bee competition. She became the first African American to lay claim to the trophy after spelling the word “murraya,” a type of tropical tree. To get to that final stage, she had to spell out “querimonious” and “solidungulate”. Zaila sees spelling as a […]

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UWI Mona Chalk Up Net Loss Of $1.53 Billion For 2019/2020 Academic Year

The University of the West Indies, Mona campus has reported a net loss of $1.53 billion during the academic year 2019/2020. That’s $115 million less than the previous year. In its audited financial statement, the UWI cited funding challenges due to the Covid-19 pandemic, which resulted in a decline in enrollment and operations at the university. The UWI is looking […]

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Concordia College Bronxville Campus Set To Shut Down

According to reports, Concordia College is set to close its Bronxville campus at the beginning of fall this year. The four-year liberal arts college in Bronxville, New York is sponsored by the Lutheran Church–Missouri Synod and is a member of the Concordia University System. Concordia’s students reportedly come from 23 states and more than 37 countries worldwide. The student-to-professor ratio is […]

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COVID-related School Closures Could Push Millions Of Children Into Learning Poverty

According to two recent World Bank reports, COVID-related school closures risk pushing an additional 72 million primary school-aged children into learning poverty. The report noted that children will be unable to read and understand a simple text by age 10. The report outlines a new vision for learning and the investments and policies, including on education technology, that countries can implement […]

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Security Fix?

In The Gleaner, I read that a teacher who pointed a gun at a student and “swung a machete” at a security guard appealed his dismissal and won reinstatement. The points of contention were one; the punishment of job separation was excessive; two, there was no protocol in place to guide the deliberations; and three, the Vice Principal’s haste to […]

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‘Time’ Names Gitanjali Rao Kid Of The Year

Time magazine named 15-year-old Gitanjali Rao, a Colorado teenager who invented a mobile device to test for lead in drinking water, among other inventions as Time’s Kid of the Year for 2020. The magazine announced the award recently, citing Rao’s ability to apply scientific ideas to real-world problems — and her desire to motivate other kids to take up their […]

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The Effects Of COVID-19 Pandemic On Education

The COVID-19, a contagious disease, has spread quickly throughout the world.  On March 12, 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic. There have been tremendous health, economical, social, and fiscal shocks to countries and to their citizens. To slow the spread of the disease, most countries have been under restrictions with person-to-person contact, gathering of people, and […]

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COVID-19 A Big Set Back To Learning Globally

The coronavirus pandemic has taken an enormous toll on the learning process among primary school-aged children. According to World Bank reports, the forced school closures have resulted in over 72 million primary school-aged children, including those from the Caribbean, into learning poverty. This new scenario means that children will not be able to read and understand an uncomplicated text by […]

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UWI Team Tops International Debate Competition

A two-member team from The University of the West Indies (UWI) Mona Campus — second-year law student Kymari Young, and second-year economics and statistics student Sebastian Lawrence —has walked away with the top prize in the recently completed novice final of the Huber Debate Invitationals. The annual tournament, which was hosted virtually by the United States-based University of Vermont in […]