6 Things You Need To Know Today

Your news in a nutshell

  1. Education ministry confident about PEP
  2. Pay with your lives?
  3. Reid considering ‘Time Out’ facilities
  4. Golding slams Gonsalves over Venezuela crisis
  5. ‘Salacious headlines’ threatening tourism
  6. Dacres grabs first Diamond League win

Ruel Reid

1. Education ministry confident about PEP

With only a year left before the Ministry of Education replaces the Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT) with the much-anticipated Primary Exit Profile (PEP), the preparation for transition is on in earnest, and further details have emerged on how students will be tested, graded and subsequently placed in high schools. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. Pay with your lives?

In the face of a 19 per cent spike in murders since the start of the year, there is a strong suggestion coming from an opposition lawmaker that the condemned practice of hanging should resume to face down the crime monster in Jamaica. Ian Hayles, member of parliament (MP) for Western Hanover, seemingly frustrated by the bloodletting in the parish, contends that talking has not helped in the fight against crime. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Reid considering ‘Time Out’ facilities

Minister of Education Ruel Reid said the Government is prepared to take disruptive students from the regular school system and place them in what he is proposing as ‘Time Out’ facilities. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Golding slams Gonsalves over Venezuela crisis

Jamaica’s decision to participate in discussions at the Organisation of American States (OAS) – whose general assembly starts today – over the Venezuela situation is “correct”, former Prime Minister Bruce Golding has said, as he chides opposing CARICOM leaders for their “foolish” position. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. ‘Salacious headlines’ threatening tourism

Minister of Tourism Edmund Bartlett says Jamaica is at a delicate crossroad where the media will have to decide whether a culture of “read while you bleed” should take precedence over the national good. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Dacres grabs first Diamond League win

World-leading discus thrower Fedrick Dacres kept his good momentum in 2017 going with his first IAAF Diamond League meet win, as he claimed the Stockholm leg with a throw of 68.36m yesterday. Dacres, who threw the third-farthest distance so far this season yesterday, managed to get one over on hometown favourite Daniel Stahl, who had previously beaten him in the Oslo leg of the Diamond League on Thursday, but finished second yesterday with a distance of 68.13m. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

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