Education Minister Wants Infant Department in Every Primary School

first_img “This is the kind of standard that we are promoting. I’m very happy to see this particular environment well used. The facility looks very conducive to our precious infants, and I know that good work is being done here. This is the kind of environment we are trying to promote within our public schools,” the Minister said. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says he intends to establish an Infant Department at each primary school that is currently operating without one. Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, says he intends to establish an Infant Department at each primary school that is currently operating without one.Speaking with JIS News during a visit to Jack’s Hill Primary School in St. Andrew on Monday (January 15), Senator Reid said it is imperative for all primary schools to have an Infant Department attached, and to ensure that it is operating based on the 12 operating standards outlined by the Early Childhood Commission.He said the Infant Department at Jack’s Hill Primary School is a good example of what he hopes to see being operated at each primary school.“This is the kind of standard that we are promoting. I’m very happy to see this particular environment well used. The facility looks very conducive to our precious infants, and I know that good work is being done here. This is the kind of environment we are trying to promote within our public schools,” the Minister said.“The Early Childhood Commission has been pushing this with 12 standards (staffing, developmental/educational programmes, interactions and relationships with children, physical environment, indoor and outdoor equipment, health, nutrition, safety, child rights, interactions with parents and community members, administration and finance), so when we look at the facilities for infant schools, they are now similar to private institutions,” he told JIS News.Senator Reid said the Ministry has started renovating some Infant Departments at primary schools across Jamaica as well as implementing some.“We are using money from the Culture, Health, Arts, Sports and Education (CHASE) Fund to help establish these Infant Departments,” he said.The purpose of the Minister’s visit was to announce that the Ministry has approved $10 million in the next financial year, to pave a roadway leading to the school and to construct a perimeter fence. He said the Infant Department at Jack’s Hill Primary School is a good example of what he hopes to see being operated at each primary school. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Catalan leader goes to court after Canada refuses him entry for speaking

first_imgMONTREAL — A Quebec nationalist group is claiming the Canadian government revoked a travel permit for the exiled former president of Spain’s Catalonia region.The Societe Saint-Jean-Baptiste says the Canadian government did not provide a reason for cancelling Catalan separatist Carles Puigdemont’s travel permit on March 31, two days before he was to arrive in Quebec.Puigdemont has hired a Montreal-based immigration lawyer and today filed a motion contesting the decision in Federal Court.Puigdemont was scheduled to take part in an event organized by the nationalist group, which advocates for Quebec independence as well as for stronger laws to promote French in the province.The former Catalan president fled Spain in 2017 to avoid prosecution after his regional government held an unauthorized referendum on independence. Puigdemont is currently in exile in Brussels and is considered a fugitive by the Spanish government.He faces up to 25 years behind bars if found guilty of rebellion and misuse of public funds.— With files from The Associated PressThe Canadian Presslast_img read more

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