Tag: Education


Supreme Court — Student Loan Debt Forgiveness No Way

The six conservative justices on the Supreme Court ruled that President Joe Biden’s student loan debt forgiveness plan is unconstitutional on Friday. The 6-3 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts means that the 26 million Americans who signed up for the debt forgiveness program will no longer have their debt partially or fully wiped away. In 2022 Biden announced […]


Jamaica — Education Gets 22 Percent Of Recurrent Budget

Education received the largest share of the 2023/24 Budget for recurrent programs outside of debt payments and compensation of employees. A sum of $142.9 billion is earmarked for the sector in the upcoming fiscal year, representing approximately 22 percent of the $657.2 billion for non-debt recurrent expenditure. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Dr. the Hon. Nigel Clarke, provided […]


Gov’t Focused on Expanding Tertiary Education

The Education and Youth Ministry is placing focus on expanding the tertiary education sector with options for students to access financing. Portfolio Minister, Hon. Fayval Williams, told JIS News that the objective is to ensure that a “higher percentage of our population is educated at higher levels.” She said statistics indicate that enrolment of students in tertiary institutions remains low […]


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, […]