Thursday, 25 August 2016

NEWS FEED: Why teachers migrate + Tuning the Summer Olympics + Roger Clarke inspires scholarship

LONG LIVE MR. CLARKE: What better way to honour the memory and legacy of a departed stalwart who made groundbreaking contributions to his chosen field? We make note of the launch of the Roger Clarke Scholarship, which will be tenured at the College of Agriculture, Science and Education (CASE) in Portland, as of next month. Valued at $250,000, it was launched by the CB Group at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel on Tuesday, much to the pleasure of Clarke’s widow, Sonia. “My hope is that the recipient will love agriculture as [Roger] did and will do your organization proud,” she told reporters. According to Dr. Keith Amiel, Corporate Affairs Manager at the CB Group, the scholarship (which will cover tuition and other expenses for one CASE student each year, is a fitting tribute. “For all his dedication and passion for agriculture, the CB Group is pleased to present CASE with [this scholarship],” Amiel says, “as they continue to mould future generations of Jamaicans, excited, energized and wired about agriculture.”

IF THE PRICE IS RIGHT? In the wake of recent speculation that the migration of teachers could be increasingly affecting the island’s CXC pass rates, at least one education official has publicly weighed in on the matter. “Losing our teachers means the system is being haemorrhaged and the long-term implications will shake the core of the education system,” observes Howard Isaacs, the newly installed President of the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA), who was speaking at the 55th Annual JTA Conference at the Hilton Rose Hall Resort & Spa in St. James on Monday. When it comes ‘the money question,’ Isaacs says, it’s a tough call. “We recognize that it is not possible for the Government to match the salaries offered in [some] overseas markets,” says Isaacs (left), pictured above with former president Doran Dixon. “However, a concerted effort must be made to review the salaries and conditions of work for teachers. As a country, are we doing the best for our teachers?”

ON YOUR MARKS, SET, PLAY: Wouldn’t it be supercool to tune in to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo, Japan, and see musicians from all over the world competing for the gold medal? Attorney Don Foote feels so too. “Music is a sort of sport and music is entertaining, as well as therapeutic and enjoyable. These are all characteristics of sports generally. We don’t have music as a category, and I feel there can be some buzz around the possibility of having music as a part of the Olympics,” he said in a recent interview. “I am not asking that reggae music be a category, I am speaking of music generally. All participating countries could have their style of music in the entries. I think the details can be worked out as to how this could be accomplished.”

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