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dig-knife1. Over 3,000 stand in solidarity with JC after bus killing

More than 3,000 people flocked Jamaica College (JC) in St Andrew yesterday to give support to a silent protest against attacks on the nation’s youth, in the wake of last week’s murder of 14-year-old student Nicholas Francis. Francis was stabbed in the chest during a robbery attempt on a Toyota Coaster bus not far from the school on Old Hope Road. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

2. Hand, foot and mouth disease reported in nearly a dozen schools

At least 11 early childhood institutions have reported hand, foot and mouth disease to the Ministry of Health. The ministry yesterday appealed to school administrators to report any case of hand, foot and mouth disease to their parish health departments. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

3. Education minister promises to help fix UTech

Education Minister Ruel Reid has expressed optimism that the challenges being faced by the University of Technology (UTech) can be remedied. The precarious financial situation at UTech was exposed during a recent sitting of Parliament’s Public Administration and Appropriation Committee (PAAC). See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

4. Transport workers need protection

Transport lobby group, the Jamaica Association of Transport Owners and Operators (JATOO) says the relevant authorities should move to provide effective protection for transport operators and passengers at all transport terminals and at strategic points between terminals. JATOO says last week’s murder of third form Jamaica College student Nicholas Francis highlights the need for better security in the transportation sector. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

5. Teachers antsy about new appraisal method

Chief Executive officer of the Jamaica Teaching Council (JTC), Dr Winsome Gordon, has sought to assure teachers that a new appraisal tool being rolled out by the council is not aimed at maligning them. Speaking at Jamaica’s first National Symposium on the Teaching Profession organised by the JTC, Gordon said that the appraisal instrument should serve as a benchmark for professional development. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.

6. UTech teachers, staff leaving in droves

The inability of the University of Technology (UTech) to compensate its academic staff competitively has resulted in a mass migration of some of its most highly qualified instructors. Since January, one department with a normal complement of 35 has seen some 13 resignations. Another academic unit lost seven lecturers, five of whom had PhDs, within the space of a year. See full story on the Gleaner’s website.