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Call made for a more radical commitment to teaching in technological era

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By Curlan Campbell, NOW Grenada

  • CAPSS chair calls for radical commitment in era of advancement in technology
  • Teaching benefits derived from adaptation of new technology should be embraced

Chairman of the Grenada Association of Principals of Secondary Schools (CAPSS) Dominic Jeremiah has called for a more radical commitment on the part of the teachers to move students into the 21st century in an era of advancement in technology.

Dominic Jeremiah is the leader of a 9-member delegation of educators in attendance of this year’s 27th Biennial Conference of The Caribbean Association of Principals of Secondary Schools in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

“I think that we have to understand that technological innovation does not always mean more gadgets or equipment. What is needed is a radical commitment on the part of the teachers, principals, and policymakers ensure that we are not left behind,” said Jeremiah.

There were delegations from St Vincent and the Grenadines, St Lucia, Jamaica, Grenada, Trinidad and Tobago, Belize, The Bahamas, Anguilla, Turks and Caicos, Barbados, St Kitts Nevis and Guyana.

Jeremiah said there is an expectation that participants can adapt what they have learned about the need to incorporate technology in today’s teaching methods.

“Expectations of this year’s conference, I think the principals from across the Caribbean have come here looking for ideas as to how to use ICT to ensure that we reach all the children that we teach. We are also looking for creative ways to merge the traditional pedagogy with a new methodology to present content in a more creative and student-friendly way, and lastly, we are looking for ways to prepare our students for the 21st century for whom ICT opportunities have not been created as yet in this information technology revolution.”

Speaking on the threats that advancement in technology can create especially with regards to the CSEC Math 2019 cheating scandal in Trinidad and Tobago, Jeremiah said there also must be systems in place to ensure its safety and security.

However, he said these challenges should not deter the region from embracing the benefits that will be derived from the adaptation of new technology to advance teaching methods.

“The development of technology has more advantages than disadvantages. However, the negative potential must never deter us from moving ahead with the new vision of infusing our education system with technology. We must not fail in our efforts to create a culture of helping our teachers and students to use technology responsibly. These habits must be cultivated at an early age. We must continue to put structures in place to safeguard against the tendencies to misuse and criminal inclinations. However, these must not deter us from moving forward with this ICT vision for the region.”

He added, “Our government must be commended for the ICT infrastructure that is currently being laid for some of the technological processes to take place. However, with the move to electronic exams and marking, we have to be committed to ensuring that our schools and college are ready to embrace the technology, add new technology and start using the technology in our teaching and learning.”

The conference which started on Monday, 22 saw speeches from Prime Minister of St Vincent and the Grenadines, Dr Ralph Gonzales, whose stirring feature address called for the need to ensure connectivity within the Caribbean region, and strongly reminded the audience that for the regional educational system to continue to grow and develop there must be a focus on providing quality instruction to each child as each government continues to provide quality support to teachers and administrators.

During the opening ceremony President of the Caribbean Association of Principals of Secondary Schools, Curtis Greaves, spoke on the theme significance in this technological era. He also emphasised that the world is experiencing a paradigm shift, and principals of the various secondary schools throughout the region must understand how to adapt to that shift.

He was followed by Minister of Education, the Honorable, St Clair Prince who reminded the delegates about having a regional commitment to education.

St Vincent and the Grenadines last hosted the CAPSS Conference in 1990.

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Two MWAG executives resign | NOW Grenada

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  • Two of the six-member MWAG executive resigned with immediate effect
  • Reasons for resignations have not been openly shared
  • Increased number of assaults and threats against media workers on the job recently

Two executive members of the Media Workers Association of Grenada (MWAG) who were elected at the Annual General Meeting held in December 2018, have resigned from their post with immediate effect as of Friday, 17 January 2020.

Tonnia St Louis-Lawrence is an employee of Meaningful Television (MTV), while Joseph is an employee of the Grenada Broadcasting Network (GBN).

According to MWAG’s constitution, the AGM shall be held on before 30 November each year, but it was unable to be held in November 2017 and thus the executive was elected in December 2018.

Shere-Ann Noel who is currently a senior employee of the Government Information Service (GIS) was elected by the members to serve as President at that AGM, and she has confirmed receiving the resignations on Friday.

The other executive members are Rickisha St Louis and Delroy Louison who are also employed with the government, and Asher Andall who is an independent media worker.

Both Lawrence and Joseph have not openly shared the reason for the resignation, but have given the assurance that they will continue to be members of the Association. According to its constitution, the Association “is dedicated to the best interest of the media in Grenada, particularly for the furtherance of the education and professional status of its members.”

The constitution provides guidance on the process to fill the vacancies. “In the event of a vacancy occurring on the Executive by the death, incapacity or resignation of an officer, a successor may be appointed by the Executive Committee to complete the remainder of the term.”

President Noel said that an emergency meeting will be called to formally inform the membership of the resignations and for the Association to decide the way forward.

It is not certain if the action of the two is linked to the growing number of assaults and threats against media workers on the job in recent months and the executive decision to not publicly condemn all reported acts. It is understood that some members of the Executive have been demanding that there be open condemnation and concern about the assaults, but at least on one occasion, there was no public action.

The latest was an online journalist being barred from recording a public meeting for news purposes in the village of Mt Moritz. Residents of the area were meeting with Acting Commissioner of Police and other government officials, but some in attendance said they were uncomfortable having the media present.

After the journalist left, the Government Information Service arrived at the venue and was allowed to record, and an edited version of the recording was later disseminated to media houses who requested a copy of the meeting. Traditionally, the GIS makes available unedited footage of government events.

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The number of multi-racial people in the US is on the rise. But the experience comes with struggles.



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ECCB Vacancy: Banking Officer II

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EASTERN CARIBBEAN CENTRAL BANK

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Banking Officer II, Payment Systems Development and Oversight Unit (PSDOU)

Banking and Monetary Operations Department (BMOD)

Suitably qualified citizens of member territories of the Eastern Caribbean Currency Union (ECCU) are invited to apply to fill the position of Banking Officer II, Payment Systems Development and Oversight Unit, within the Banking & Monetary Operations Department of the Eastern Caribbean Central Bank, headquartered in Basseterre, in the Federation of Saint Kitts and Nevis. The successful candidate will be based in St Kitts and hired initially on a two (2) year contractual engagement with the opportunity to transfer to the permanent establishment based on performance. All applicants must complete the ECCB Employment application form, which is available on the ECCB’s Website (www.eccb-centralbank.org).

APPLICANTS MUST HAVE:

  • A first degree in banking, accounting, finance and or a business-related discipline;
  • At least 3 years’ experience in either banking, accounting or finance;
  • The ability to cope well in and adapt to a fast-paced dynamic environment;
  • Strong problem solving and analytical thinking skills;
  • The ability to work as part of a team and function independently;
  • Leadership qualities and excellent interpersonal and networking skills;
  • The ability to manage human resource;
  • Strong self-management skills;
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills; and
  • Strong administrative and organisational

DUTIES

The successful candidate will be directly responsible to the Head of the Unit and Department, for the proper performance of his/her duties, which will include:

  1. Assist in the development of the ECCU Payment System by undertaking relevant research on issues and monitoring events relating to payment systems:
    • Review, research, interpret and evaluate data from questionnaires, templates and other payment system related documents to ensure its accuracy and make appropriate recommendations.
    • Design survey forms/templates intended to capture pertinent payment system data.
    • Liaise with internal and external stakeholders to identify emerging payment system trends, risks, and report accordingly.
    • Actively research payment system developments in the global community and particularly in the ECCU region.
    • Ascertain trends and developments through the collection of data and information and prepare periodic reports to inform policy decisions.
    • Engage in constant dialogue with internal and external stakeholders and partners in the payment systems environment.
  1. Propose arrangements for the onboarding of qualified institutions on the Eastern Caribbean Automated Clearing House (ECACH).
  2. Work in close collaboration with the Management Information Systems Department (MISD) to develop and translate a business case solution into systems requirements for the project on onboarding of the qualified institutions.
  3. Review payment infrastructures example Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) and Automated Clearing House (ACH) and inform on developments taking place that can increase the efficiency of the payment system.
  4. Develop rules and procedures for RTGS that are consistent with the legislation, Principles Financial Market Infrastructure standards and in accordance with developments taking place in the payment system environment.
  5. Perform as alternate to the substantive Payment System Oversight officer in instances where the officer is unable to undertake the required responsibilities, in an effort to maintain continuity.
  6. Liaise with Eastern Caribbean Payment Council (ECPC) Working Groups to provide the assistance required in the facilitation of meetings.
    • Actively follow-up on ECPC matters with Council Members and members of the Working Groups as required.
    • Undertake research and make presentations at the request of the ECPC.

SALARY

Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

Applications MUST be submitted online ONLY via the ECCB’s Website (www.eccb-centralbank.org) along with certified copies of certificates.

Deadline for submission of application is 31 January 2020.

Note:   

  1. Applicants may enquire of the Human Resource Department to ascertain receipt of applications;
  2. Only candidates shortlisted for the selection process will be contacted;
  3. Shortlisted candidates will be required to submit additional documents and undertake various assessments.

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