Tag: Education


UWI Pursuing Opportunities For Short-Term Student Exchange With HBCUs

The University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, is exploring opportunities for collaboration with tertiary institutions in the United States, particularly Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU), to facilitate short-term study abroad. Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Principal of the Mona campus, Professor Dale Webber, made the disclosure during the recent ‘Let’s Connect’ town hall hosted by Ambassador to Washington, Her Excellency Audrey […]


Afghan Public Universities Reopen With Gender Segregated Classes

Universities have reopened six months after Taliban returned to power, but only a trickle of women have returned to classrooms. Afghanistan’s main universities have reopened six months after the Taliban returned to power, but only a trickle of women have returned to now-segregated classes. Most secondary schools for girls and all public universities were shuttered following the Taliban’s August 15 takeover, […]


Religious Schools Could Get Back Tax Dollars

A majority of the justices have cast doubt on a Maine program that covers the cost of private education in areas without public schools but bars use of the funds at institutions that promote religion. Justice Brett Kavanaugh said two families challenging the exclusion of religious schools “are seeking equal treatment, not special treatment.” Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice […]


Biden Administration Wants Asian-American Students Legal Battle Ends

According to press reports, the Biden administration is asking the Supreme Court to quash a legal battle brought by a group of Asian-American students who argue Harvard College’s admissions process violates federal civil rights law and discriminates against Asian-American applicants. The high court has asked the Justice Department in June to weigh in on the request by the students, members of the […]


Tonia Williams — Jamaica’s 2022 Rhodes Scholar

The announcement was made recently at King’s House after a full day of interviews of the 11 candidates, who vied for the scholarship. A former student of Immaculate Conception High School in St. Andrew, Ms. Williams studied Psychology at Vassar College in the United States (U.S.) and is presently pursuing a Master’s degree in education at Harvard University. She will […]


Malala Yousafzai — Girl’s Education Activist Assumes New Status

Malala Yousafzai, the campaigner for girls’ education and Nobel Peace Prize laureate who survived being shot aged 15 by a Taliban gunman in her native Pakistan in 2012, has got married, she said on a Twitter social media post. Malala who is now 24-year-old, and living in Britain, said she and her new husband, who she named only as Asser, […]


Guyana In New School Opening Uproar

Following a three-day strike called by the Guyana Teachers Union (GTU) to protest the lockout or removal of teachers from schools because they are not vaccinated or do not have a negative COVID test. The government has said that teachers who supported the strike action will not be paid. According to press reports, the GTU General Secretary, Coretta Mc Donald, […]


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 […]


Jamaica Delays Back To School Reopening

The increase in COVID-19 cases has forced the Jamaican government to delay the reopening of schools on the island. Schools are now set to reopen on a phased basis starting Monday, October 5, 2020. According to the Ministry of Education, school re-engagement will be based on a blended approach, which includes: Face-to-Face teaching and learning, online and offline Computer Aided […]


Professor Shepherd — Make History Compulsory In School

Historian and Director of the Centre for Reparation Research at the University of the West Indies (UWI), Mona, Professor Verene Shepherd, has called for the teaching of history to be made compulsory in school. Professor Shepherd posited the view as Jamaica seeks to mark 182 years since Emancipation on August 1. “We must teach the children the truth and to […]