Education Minister Says NEI Report Shows That Gaps Need To Be Filled

first_imgMinister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says the National Education Inspectorate (NEI) Report, which has identified deficiencies in the sector, is an indication that gaps need to be filled in the system.The Report, which assessed the operation of nearly 1,000 schools, found glaring weaknesses in school leadership and management, and faulty teaching/learning methods.It also found that strong security and wellness programmes exist at many of the nation’s secondary educational institutions, as well as a high level of awareness among students on relevant issues.Speaking at the launch of the Report, held on Tuesday, September 15, at the Overseas Examinations Commission, in St. Andrew, the Minister said no time should be wasted in casting blames for deficiencies in the education system, as all efforts must be made to deliver results for students.“That is why we have to take these reports very seriously; that is why we don’t want any argument that it is not my fault as teacher, or my responsibility, because the home is not right,” the Minister told the audience.He argued that although challenges at some homes might affect the learning of children, there is a responsibility for teachers and Ministry officials to give of their best.“We still have to do our duty, we have to stop making excuses, and we have to stop finding a problem for every solution. Our task is to add value. We now have the empirical tool to do so, there is no excuse,” the Minister emphasised.Meanwhile, Chief Inspector, Maureen Dwyer, said her team of inspectors found that where school leadership focus on the core business of education, staff was inspired, and children eager to learn.“Those leaders were the ones who made the balance between the social side of things, and the academic learning,” she said.The mandate of the NEI is to assess the standards attained by the students in primary and secondary schools at key points in their education, and to report on how well they perform, or improve.The NEI makes recommendations to the Ministry of Education to support improvement in the provision of quality education. The full Report can be obtained at: www.nei.org. RelatedTwo Honoured With Spanish Order of Civil Merit RelatedEvery School To Have Literacy Coordinator FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Education Minister Says NEI Report Shows That Gaps Need To Be Filled EducationSeptember 16, 2015Written by: Garfield L. Angus RelatedTeachers To Be Trained To Improve The Way Boys Learncenter_img Photo: JIS PhotographerMinister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites (left), is joined by public and private sector officials in perusing the 2015 National Education Inspectorate (NEI) Report, at its launch, today (September 15), at the Overseas Examinations Commission, in St. Andrew. From second left are: businessman, R. Danny Williams; Chief Inspector, Maureen Dwyer, and Director General at the Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ), Colin Bullock. Story HighlightsMinister of Education, Hon. Rev. Ronald Thwaites, says the National Education Inspectorate (NEI) Report, which has identified deficiencies in the sector, is an indication that gaps need to be filled in the system.The Report, which assessed the operation of nearly 1,000 schools, found glaring weaknesses in school leadership and management, and faulty teaching/learning methods.It also found that strong security and wellness programmes exist at many of the nation’s secondary educational institutions, as well as a high level of awareness among students on relevant issues. Education Minister Says NEI Report Shows That Gaps Need To Be FilledJIS News | Presented by: PausePlay% buffered00:0000:00UnmuteMuteDisable captionsEnable captionsSettingsCaptionsDisabledQualityundefinedSpeedNormalCaptionsGo back to previous menuQualityGo back to previous menuSpeedGo back to previous menu0.5×0.75×Normal1.25×1.5×1.75×2×Exit fullscreenEnter fullscreenPlay Advertisementslast_img read more

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Habitat for Humanity and Efficiency Vermont build energy-saving homes in Essex Jct

first_imgEfficiency Vermont,Vermont Business Magazine Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity recently completed its first project in Essex Junction: a triplex built to one of Efficiency Vermont’s higher energy efficient standards. The home allows the new owners to live more comfortably and spend less on energy, all while building equity through homeownership.The three families residing in the newly completed 55 Park Street homes were selected based on need and the following criteria:Have an income 60 percent or less of the median household income in Chittenden County as well ability to pay a monthly no or low-interest mortgage.Willingness to collaborate with Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity including completing 400 hours of sweat equity helping to build their home, helping at the Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity ReStore on Route 2A in Williston, as well as other projects.Must be living in substandard rental housing and/or not qualify for a conventional mortgage.Efficiency Vermont estimates that the families living in the triplex will spend approximately $900 less per year on energy than the average Vermont household. Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity homeowner families are typically leaving rental housing that is significantly less efficient than the average Vermont home.“Our goals for affordable, healthy homes are the same as what energy efficiency delivers,” said Catherine Stevens, Advancement Director for Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity. “It only makes sense that we take advantage of Efficiency Vermont’s residential new construction services. High energy bills hit everybody, but they’re a huge percentage of income for the people we serve. Low energy bills, along with a mortgage payment less than what the family paid in rent, provide the family with the ability to improve their economic stability.” With support from Efficiency Vermont, the newly built homes feature continuous exterior wall insulation, greater air-tightness, high-efficiency balanced heat recovery ventilation and mechanical systems, as well as high-efficiency appliances and lighting.Those measures secured federal ENERGY STAR® and Indoor airPLUS certifications for the homes by following Efficiency Vermont Certified™ Homes Base 2.0 level, a new and improved 2018 protocol for residential construction developed by Efficiency Vermont.The federal certifications mean these new homes are more energy efficient than virtually anything else on the market, while also minimizing residents’ exposure to airborne pollutants and contaminants. As a result, these homes are not only more affordable through lower energy bills, they’re also more comfortable, more durable, and healthier.By engaging with Efficiency Vermont in the earliest planning stages for the 55 Park Street project, Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity was able to easily and affordably achieve top efficiency standards for the new homeowners.Any new residential construction project in Vermont can do the same to meet the new Efficiency Vermont Certified™ Home standards. Efficiency Vermont offers free efficiency consulting(link is external), as well as services for contractors throughout the planning and construction process that allow any project to meet the highest energy efficiency standards.“We are proud that our work supports Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity,” said Efficiency Vermont Director Karen Glitman. “The cost of living in an inefficient home hits low-income Vermonters hardest. The lower expenses and healthier living conditions in an energy efficient house can mean fewer illnesses and a more affordable house to live in.”The 55 Park Street triplex was built after the previous single-family home on the lot was damaged by fire in 2016.  An existing carriage house unit will be owned by a fourth family. The new residents were selected by Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity’s volunteer-based family selection committee, which pores over many applications before choosing families.About Green Mountain Habitat for HumanityGreen Mountain Habitat for Humanity’s vision is a world where everyone has a decent place to live. For more information about Green Mountain Habitat for Humanity, including how to apply to become a homeowner, how to donate and how to volunteer, please visit https://vermonthabitat.org/(link is external) About Efficiency VermontEfficiency Vermont was created by the Vermont Legislature and is regulated by the Vermont Public Utility Commission to help all Vermonters reduce energy costs, strengthen the economy, and protect Vermont’s environment. For more information, contact Efficiency Vermont at 888-921-5990 or visit www.efficiencyvermont.com(link is external)Source: Green Mountain Habitat for Humanitylast_img read more

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Irish Horse Gateway to attend USA’s largest Three Day Event

first_imgHome  »  Disciplines News  »  Eventing News  »  Irish Horse Gateway to attend USA’s largest Three Day Event ENDS 31 March 2016, 20:17 The Irish Horse Gateway will also attend the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton International Horse Trials the week after Rolex. For information on The Irish Horse Gateway please see www.irishhorsegateway.ie. The Irish Horse Gateway brand will be represented at this year’s Rolex Kentucky three day event to promote the global success of Irish bred and produced event horses. With over 20% of the horses entered to compete at this year’s prestigious event bred in Ireland, the Rolex Kentucky three day event is a wonderful shop window for Irish horses. Included in the 20% are two horses bred by Thomas Hughes in Kilkenny that are from the same mother, the Imperius sired mare – Flown.The Irish Horse Gateway aims to be the first point of contact for overseas clients seeking information on sourcing Irish horses and ponies for equestrian sport and leisure. The Irish Sport Horse Studbook is leading the way for eventers internationally and speaking about the event Elaine Hatton, Horse Sport Ireland’s Director of International Marketing  said;center_img “The Irish Horse Gateway aims to attract and facilitate future American buyers to come to Ireland to source their next eventer.” Irish Horse Gateway to attend USA’s largest Three Day Event “I’m looking forward to attending Rolex Kentucky Three Day event this year, Irish horses are leading the way for international eventing. Their longevity, bravery, ride-ability and willing temperament are just some of the reasons why Irish horses are so popular. Credit must be given to the breeders and producers of these horses who have done an incredible job and who have played an integral part in getting them to the highest level in their sport.” ​For a full list of Irish bred horses please click HERE Tags:last_img read more

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