Friday, 2 August 2019

PEOPLE IN THE NEWS: ISSA’s new president … Samuda’s response to PEP controversy … JET CEO gives climate-change update

>> The Inter-Secondary School Sports Association (ISSA) has a new president. “I am humbled by the confidence shown in me by my colleagues because I think the presidency of ISSA is an awesome responsibility,” says veteran administrator and principal of St. Elizabeth Technical (STETHS), Keith Wellington. “Over 110 years of ISSA’s existence has been placed in the hands of good leaders, and for me to be put in that environment, in that company – I think that is something humbling. It is also inspiring, in terms of me being motivated to give of my best effort to continue ISSA’s mandate to contribute to the growth and development of our youngsters through sports.” 

>> Transparency is key, says Minister with responsibility for Education, Karl Samuda, assuring the public recently that the percentage scores for the inaugural Primary Exit Profile (PEP) examinations will be disclosed in the wake of controversy over the scaled scores that were revealed. [Publishing the individual scores and the results of the tests that were taken on each student] should satisfy a number of persons who have been apprehensive and have adopted a posture of doubt,” the minister said. “We want to remove all doubt as to the quality of skill and expertise that was brought to bear on this exercise.”

>> CEO of Jamaica Environment Trust (JET), Suzanne Stanley, says it cannot be emphasized enough the importance of paying heed to the global climate-change warnings. “Kingston is expected to be one of the first cities in the world to experience climate departure,” she says. “It will impact every system on our island – our economy, our society, our environment. We must prepare as a nation for these and other climate eventualities by protecting our national support systems.”

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