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  1. Bad precedent – UWI principal says Govt can’t always bail students out
  2. BPO sector seeks to build capacity in MoBay
  3. Gov’t considers making secondary school financial records public
  4. Let Church build half-way house for mentally ill in Falmouth
  5. Holness to be inducted in UWI Honour Park
  6. Waite gets tought job in St James

1. Bad precedent – UWI principal says Gov’t can’t always bail students out

The Jamaican Government, by intervening to help financially challenged students sit exams, could be setting a bad precedent if it does not work out a sustainable mechanism, Professor Archibald McDonald, principal of the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI), has argued. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

2. BPO Sector seeks to build capacity in MoBay

Some 40 participants from the business process outsourcing (BPO) sector got an insight into the fundamentals of effective workplace mentoring last Saturday when they participated in the first in a series of one-day seminars put on by the Caribbean Maritime Institute’s (CMI) School of Advanced Skills at the Montego Bay Free Zone (MBFZ). See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

3. Gov’t considers making secondary schools financial records public

The financial records of secondary schools could soon be released to the public. Education Minister, Ruel Reid, said the move is part of efforts by the Ministry of Education to boost transparency and accountability in the spending of government funds. It is also hoped that the move would get more parents to make monetary contributions towards their children education. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

4. Let Church build half-way house for mentally ill in Falmouth

As the need to find a suitable place to house the mentally ill persons roaming the streets of Falmouth, Trelawny continues to be a matter of much concern, Dr Lisabeth Crossman-Nugent, a psychiatrist at Cornwall Regional Hospital in Montego Bay, St James wants the Church to spearhead the plans to build a rehabilitation centre (halfway house). See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

5. Holness to be inducted in UWI Honour Park

Prime Minister Andrew Holness will be inducted into the Honour Park at the Mona campus of the University of the West Indies (UWI) tomorrow in what the principal has said should be seen as the university making “amends” for not doing so earlier. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.

6. Waite gets tough job in St James

Setting his sights on reversing the fortunes of the People’s National Party (PNP) in St James, where the party lost two seats in the February 25, 2016 general election, newly appointed Deputy General Secretary Basil Waite said his first order of business is to re-engage the various groups that traditionally supported the organisation. See full story on The Gleaner’s website.