>> The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) says the local economy grew by an estimated 1.8 percent for the April to June quarter, when compared with the same period last year. “Indications are that the pace of economic growth will continue to strengthen during the remainder of 2018,” says PIOJ Director-General, Dr. Wayne Henry. “The forecast for the financial year 2018/19 is that growth is projected to be within the range of 2-3 percent.”
>> When compared with the 2017 results, there’s a noticeable 3.8 percent increase in passes by students who sat the May/June CSEC Exams. According to the Education ministry, a total of 63, 428 candidates were registered to sit the exams. Of the registered candidates, 93.9 percent sat the exams. Seventy-eight percent obtained Grades One to Three. At the same time, when the average attainment rates for Maths and English were compared to the 2017 results, there were noticeable increases of 4.5 percent and 2.9 percent in passes respectively.