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Education Commission says high school exit exams results unreliable

The Jamaica Education Transformation Commission (JETC) says the examination results at favored high schools versus those from non-traditional institutions are not reliable because they do not take into account the stark gap in the socio-economic realities facing both sets of students.

Professor Orlando Patterson, who chairs the JETC, made the declaration Thursday at the launch of the commission’s report on the issues plaguing the education sector over the past 20 years.

Read more at — Jamaica observer.com

Denmark’s Former Defence Minister Arrested Over Leak Of State Secrets

Denmark’s former defense minister has been arrested on suspicion of leaking state secrets

Claus Hjort Frederiksen confirmed on Friday that he was being investigated for “violating the limits of freedom of expression”.

Frederiksen — who served as defense minister from 2016 to 2019 — is accused of passing on secret information that the country’s security or foreign relations depend on. He faces up to 12 years in prison if convicted.

Read more at — Euronews.com

Panetta: U.S. Should Tell North Korea Provocations Put Regime At Risk

WASHINGTON — The Biden administration should send a strong message to Pyongyang in response to North Korea’s recent missile tests, a former U.S. defense secretary said.

Leon Panetta, secretary of defense and CIA director during the Obama administration, said the United States and its allies “must make clear that we’re not going to tolerate aggression” by the North Koreans, and “if they continue to take provocative actions, they are endangering themselves” and “putting their own regime at risk.”

Read more at — Voanews.com

‘Vaccine Dictatorship’: Many Lebanese Refuse The COVID Jab

Taking the coronavirus vaccine in Lebanon remains a personal choice despite the country documenting a surging number of daily cases.

Beirut, Lebanon – “People can inject themselves with whatever chemicals they want until the end of time, but I don’t want to,” 35-year-old Evelyne told Al Jazeera at a recent anti-vaccine protest in downtown Beirut.

She was among hundreds in Martyrs Square protesting against a government decision that requires public sector workers to get vaccinated or take frequent PCR tests at their own expense in order to go to work. They called it a “vaccine dictatorship.”

Read more at — Aljazeera.com

Xi Jinping To Address World Economic Forum 2022 Virtual

Event

Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the virtual event of the World Economic Forum (WEF) on January 17 from Beijing, a Foreign Ministry spokesperson said Friday.

Spokesperson Hua Chunying announced that Xi will deliver a speech at the event via video link at the invitation of Klaus Schwab, the founder and executive chairman of the WEF.

Read more at — News.cgtn.com

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