6 Things You Need To Know Today – August 23, 2016


  1. JTA Recruitment Affected By Slow Processing Of New Teachers By Ministry. The Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) has lamented the slow pace at which the Ministry of Education has been processing new teachers so that their status of employment can be made official…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  2. ‘We’re Doing It Right’ – Reid Highlights Success Of Education System Transformation Programme In National Broadcast. Minister of Education Ruel Reid has expressed confidence in the improvements in schools being spearheaded by his ministry. In an address to the nation, aired last night, Reid explained that the ministry was in the final stages of the Education System Transformation Programme (ESTP)…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  3. JUTC Urges Students To Update Profiles To Avoid Paying Adult Fare. Students turning 12 years old who use the state-run Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) are being urged to update their Smarter Card profiles to continue benefiting from concessionary bus fares…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  4. Principals Cautious About Planned Auxiliary Abolition. Some high school principals in western Jamaica are adopting a cautious wait-and-see approach to determine how they will respond to the Education Ministry’s thrust to abolish auxiliary fees when the new school year begins in September…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  5. CTL Fires Engineering Staff, Prepares For Battle With Union. The management of the soon-to-be divested Caymanas Track Limited (CTL) has said it is gearing up for a fight with a trade union at the Industrial Disputes Tribunal (IDT) over the dismissal of 16 workers from the engineering department…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com
  6. Coaching Milestone For Francis. Elaine Thompson moved to the forefront of women’s sprinting with her gold medals in the just concluded Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. When she crossed the line first in the 100 metres in Rio, her victory vaulted coach Stephen Francis into an exclusive club. Her performance made Francis just the third man to coach three successive gold-medal winners in the women’s 100 metres…Read more at Jamaica-Gleaner.com