Monday, 22 October 2018

CHAT ’BOUT: Dr. Chris Tufton shares shocking mental-health stats; Floyd Green on special-needs PEP students; Babsy Grange salutes Ivy Ralph, and more

“Mrs. Ralph stands tall as a pioneer of the native Jamaican fashion industry. Whenever and wherever there is talk of the Jamaican fashion industry, the name Ivy Ralph must be called. She laid the platform for the success of several of our fashion designers.” – Culture minister Olivia ‘Babsy’ Grange 
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“As we have done with GSAT, we are very close to ensuring that the [PEP] exams are tailored to cater to our children that have been identified with special needs. We already have systems [where] we give our exams in Braille for children who cannot see; that our children who have difficulties in relation to speech patterns, persons are provided to work with them; for those who cannot speak English you should know that we provide translators and things of that nature.” – State minister Floyd Green 
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“There is nothing that Government has banned that already does not have existing alternatives in the marketplace. It would be improper of the Government to push one alternative versus another. I think that through the public education campaign, it will come out as to the varying alternatives that are out there.” – Government senator Matthew Samuda 
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 “Mental health in Jamaica is a big problem. The Mental Health and Homelessness Task Force Report suggests that four out of every ten Jamaicans at some time in their lives are challenged by mental issues. Therefore, while we pay attention to this kind of illness, it is better that we take a community-based approach. There is always a need to highlight the issue of mental illness and to address it.” – Health minister Dr. Chris Tufton 
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“The Ministry of Education is now going to be part of the world cohort being measured under the Programme for International Student Assessment, which is an international body that measures educational performance in critical subject areas, in particular, Math. So it means that Jamaica will benchmarked internationally. So that is another step towards our human-capital development.” – PM Andrew Holness







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