Monday, 26 March 2018

TALLAWAH MONITOR: PEP to replace GSAT; Fae takes on ‘Profile’; Rabalac Lions in 7th heaven…

> All We Do Is Win
Seven straight! Calabar High continued their dominance of schoolboy track-and-field on Saturday, securing yet another hold on the coveted Mortimer Geddes trophy, as the curtains came down on the ISSA/GraceKennedy Boys & Girls Championships inside the National Stadium. At the end of the five-day championships, the Rabalac Lions amassed 368.50 points, ahead of Kingston College (278), Jamaica College (224.5), St. Jago (146), STETHS (95) and Wolmer’s Boys (94.5). The supergirls of Edwin Allen High made it five in a row, racking up 324 points to win over Hydel (289), Holmwood Tech (285), St. Jago High (178) and Vere Tech (105.5).

> Bye-Bye, GSAT!
Jamaica just had its final sitting of the GSAT. It will be replaced by the Primary Exit Profile (PEP) as the national placement examination in the 2018/19 academic year. Meanwhile, Minister of Education, Ruel Reid, says all students who have sat this month’s Grade Six Achievement Test will be placed in full five-year secondary-level institutions. Reid says that for the first time in the country’s history, there will be no need to place students who have taken the exam in a junior high-school’s grade-seven class.

> A Woman’s Touch
Fae Ellington is the new host of Profile, the iconic TV interview programme that became synonymous with its late conceptualizer and host Ian Boyne. “I know people are going to make comparisons. That is human and that is natural. This is not a programme where I will be trying to do what Ian did. It’s an interview and personality programme. That is a fact, but I will bring my own style and experience to it. It’s not about filling shoes,” she told an interviewer. “I feel at home, and Ian was my friend. This is not new to me.”

> Respect Due
Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the North-South Highway is to be renamed the Edward Seaga Highway, in honour of our fifth prime minister. “[Mr.] Seaga was responsible for the development of downtown Kingston. He also initiated the development and expansion of Ocho Rios as a tourism destination. The North-South Highway creates that link, so it is only fitting,” Holness says. The 67-kilometre highway, constructed at a cost of US$600 million, extends from the Mandela Highway near Caymanas in St. Catherine to Mammee Bay in St. Ann.

> Sorry!
Mark Zuckerberg has apologized for the Cambridge Analytica scandal that has rocked Facebook, placing adverts in multiple British and American newspapers on Sunday. The CEO revealed that an app built by a Cambridge University researcher leaked the Facebook data of millions of people four years ago. “This was a breach of trust, and I’m sorry we didn’t do more at the time,” Zuckerberg noted. “We’re now taking steps to make sure this doesn’t happen again.”

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