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Published:Sunday | October 1, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

As the Ministry of Health administers the human papilloma-virus (HPV) vaccines in schools today, Health Minister Dr Christopher Tufton has said it is of equal importance to make sure that parents fully understand and appreciate the benefits of...

Published:Friday | September 29, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

Despite public backlash and fears about the the human papillomavirus vaccine (HPV) to be introduced to young girls, the health ministry said vaccines will be administered in schools across the island on Monday.The vaccine is expected to assist in...

Published:Tuesday | September 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

New head of the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC) Kaysia Kerr is moving to debunk the myth that poor people make worse parents.According to Kerr, her experience as an educator, with particular focus on parent support to the disabled...

Published:Friday | September 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

Consumers can no longer use price to differentiate real from counterfeit goods competing for their money. Deputy Superintendent Carl Berry, head of the Anti-trafficking in Persons Unit, revealed that illicit traders were selling fake brands at...

Published:Friday | September 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

A retailer at a store in Spanish Town, St Catherine, has been charged following the seizure of several counterfeit goods yesterday. The individual was charged with breaches of the Trademarks Act. A visit to the Counter Terrorism and Organised Crime...

Published:Saturday | September 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

Education Minister Ruel Reid is contemplating establishing district boards in a bid to hold school boards more accountable.In an interview with The Gleaner, he admitted that a few boards had to be called in during his tenure as minister, as there...

Published:Monday | September 18, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

There are high hopes that the intense stress associated with the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) will be alleviated as Jamaica prepares for the transition to the Primary Exit Profile (PEP). Ruel Reid, education minister, said, however, that...

Published:Sunday | September 17, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

Coming from what he described as a 'brutal' year in fourth form, Jeremy Farr said his outstanding performance in the recent Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate was even more rewarding.Farr gained grade one in all eight subjects he took. The...

Published:Saturday | September 16, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

The arrival area at the Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston was transformed into a sea of jubilation yesterday as Jamaicans who were stranded in the Hurricane Irma-ravaged St Maarten finally returned home.More than 70 per cent of the...

Published:Friday | September 15, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

The parish of St Ann has been identified as the area most urgently in need of additional schools as the Ministry of Education makes plans to build five additional schools throughout the island over the next three years.Education Minister Ruel Reid, in an interview with...

Published:Wednesday | September 13, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

The Kingston and St Andrew Municipal Corporation (KSAMC) has paved the way for the sale of the land that formed the roadway that moved motorists from East King's House Road to Barbican Road.The KSAMC on Tuesday approved a resolution moved by Winston...

Published:Saturday | September 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

Kaysia Kerr, head of the National Parenting Support Commission, believes that some citizens have been unfair in their criticism of fathers, declaring that there has been a steady increase in the number of men who are involved in their children's...

Published:Tuesday | September 5, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

School administrators are being urged to be more proactive in making their requests for furniture, bearing in mind that there is a process to be followed before resources can be acquired.Education Minister Ruel Reid, in his response to complaints...

Published:Thursday | September 7, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

The long-held view of many Jamaicans that flogging their children is an effective method of enforcing discipline has been rubbished by Kaysia Kerr, the new head of the National Parenting Support Commission (NPSC).Hours after she was confirmed as the...

Published:Saturday | September 9, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

The island's tourism industry received a body blow yesterday as an estimated 8,000 to 10,000 visitors, plus scores of Jamaicans, were unable to enter or leave through the island's two main airports.Visitor-arrival figures forthe first week of this...

Published:Wednesday | September 6, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

Young boys in Jamaica are being punished from as young as 18 months old, and far more than girls, according to recently revealed data, which points to severe misunderstanding on issues of child development as well as ignorance on the part of parents...

Published:Monday | September 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

School supplies for seven children went up in flames on Monday in a fire that gutted a nine-bedroom dwelling at Second Street in Trench Town, Kingston.Juliet Lewis, a resident at the house, told The Gleaner that it was a nerve-racking experience...

Published:Monday | September 4, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

Indicating that there were no reports so far of students being reprimanded for inappropriate attire, Education Minister Ruel Reid said his ministry expects that a standardised policy should be established by the end of September.Giving his...

Published:Saturday | September 2, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

Superintendent Stephanie Lindsay, head of the Corporate Communications Unit of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF), is pleading with parents to avoid giving their children expensive phones, thus reducing their susceptibility to attacks by criminals...

Published:Wednesday | August 30, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

There is still hope!That's the advice from at least two motivators who are seeking to reassure those students who might have failed subjects during the last academic year or who are still trying to adjust to school life that there is still time to...

Published:Saturday | August 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

Wading through a sea of bargain-hunting women, trying to find the best deal on school supplies for the start of the new academic year, several fathers were determined to ensure their children are not left behind, as they, too, were out shopping at...

Published:Friday | August 25, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

More than 110 children in state care aced the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) this year, earning places in some of the island's top secondary schools.The Child Development Agency (CDA) last week reported that 22 wards of the State in its western...

Published:Saturday | August 26, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

Last-minute back-to-school shoppers could have trouble finding some books, particularly those for students getting ready to sit the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), as some book stores have already run out and are awaiting new stock.Yesterday,...

Published:Tuesday | August 22, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

With the new academic year scheduled to begin in a little over a week's time and news that school books have been hit by significant price increases, Everton Hannam, president of the National Parent-Teacher Association of Jamaica (NPTAJ), is...

Published:Monday | August 21, 2017 | 12:00 AMJodi-Ann Gilpin

A few persons were left disappointed after they were unable to witness the partial solar eclipse that they had been expecting yesterday.The United States experienced coast-to-coast total solar eclipse yesterday, and Jamaica was expected to see a...

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