New student registration system not a ploy – Education Minister

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Education Minister, Hon. Andrew Holness, is assuring parents that the new registration system, with the accompanying questionnaire, is not a ploy by the government to pry into the lives of citizens, but a genuine strategy to improve data collection and student satisfaction in the education system.“I want to state categorically that the purpose of the Ministry of Education is to protect, preserve and promote the best interest of the student. It is not in our interest to do anything inimical to students,” Mr. Holness emphasised.The Minister was speaking at a press briefing, on (October 28), held at his office in Kingston to address parents’ concerns and to outline the Ministry’s rationale for implementing the new system.Mr. Holness explained that the National Student Registration System (NSRS) is an important part of the Ministry’s thrust towards a data driven decision making process.Education Minister, Hon. Andrew Holness (centre), listens attentively to a question at a press conference to outline the Ministry’s rationale for implementing the new student registration system, on October 28. Also listening (from left) are: Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Audrey Sewell and Chief Education Officer, Grace McLean.He said it is hoped that the system will help to significantly reduce the registration challenges experienced each year in the education system; speed up the registration process; allow more time for data verification; achieve greater accuracy; and result in reduced cost to the Ministry.All public and private institutions offering primary level education will be required to adopt the minimum standards for the registration of students through the NSRS.Mr. Holness advised that all the data collected will be kept in the school management system called the Jamaica Schools Administrative Software (JSAS), which he assured, is a highly secured system.“Schools with Internet access will be able to log into our servers and bring up the information for their schools. So, the schools will be able to mark their registers online, enter the grades of their students online, and they will be able to register all important incidents online,” he informed.“That is a very important tool for education management, because in short order, in less than 30 days the Ministry will know exactly what is happening in each school in Jamaica,” he noted.He warned that there are serious consequences for not participating in the registration process, particularly as it relates to the text book programme. “If we don’t know the exact number of students in the schools, we can’t make an accurate order for books,” he informed.The Minister said what has been happening over the years, is that he Ministry has been ordering books based on estimated numbers, rather than accurate data. “Sometimes we fall short, other times we go over and that’s really bad in a limited budget environment,” he added.Mr. Holness said that parents have been a bit apprehensive about the questionnaire, which is attached to the form. He pointed out that the questionnaire is optional and that parents can choose to only answer those questions with which they are comfortable.The Minister said the question that has been giving parents the most concern is the one asking for the monthly combined income of the household. He assured that the Ministry is not using that question to stratify students by income, but rather to ascertain the need for the Programme for Advancement through Health and Education (PATH).“It would help us to direct our welfare resources, because we would then begin to see clusters where there are real income issues that need attention. It would also begin to give real data to the relationship between income and performance,” he added.Mr. Holness said the questionnaire would also give an idea of the parental backgrounds of the students, so that educators can get a better understanding of student behaviour and, if necessary, social intervention programmes can be specifically geared toward those pupils.The Minister conceded that not all questions on the questionnaire were relevant to all students, and as such, the Ministry will be revising the questionnaire based on the grade level.He noted that there is more co-operation on the part of public schools as opposed to private schools, and the Ministry will be working to improve communication with the private institutions, so that they can more fully understand the new registration process.The Ministry is also developing an Education Management Information System (EMIS), which will be supported by, and supplied with information from the national student registration form.The EMIS will create an account for each student in which his/her cumulative records will be stored. To facilitate this, each student will be assigned a unique identification number that will track the student throughout the primary and secondary levels of the system. The permanent student record will include data on attendance, performance, achievement and behaviour. RelatedNew student registration system not a ploy – Education Minister RelatedNew student registration system not a ploy – Education Minister New student registration system not a ploy – Education Minister EducationOctober 29, 2010center_img RelatedNew student registration system not a ploy – Education Minister Advertisementslast_img read more

Soulive Welcomes Marcus King, Tash Neal, More To Open Bowlive VIII Weekend Two [Recap/Videos]

first_imgSoulive was back in action on Thursday as the trio kicked off weekend two of their Bowlive VIII residency with help from a mix of their musical friends including Marcus King, Tash Neal, Maurice Brown, and Frédéric Yonnet.Related: Brooklyn Bowl Shares Part Two Of Bowlive Docu-Series, ‘The Revue’The trio opened their two-set performance on Thursday with “Shaheed”, a funky original from the band’s 2001 Doin’ Something LP, followed by “El Ron” and “Alladin”. The band then welcomed their first guest of the night during “PJs” and “Povo” with trumpet player Maurice Brown making his way to the stage to join in on the two songs. Following the performance of “Povo”, Marcus King made his way to the stage to up the energy with bluesy-rock performances of Blind Faith‘s “Had to Cry Today”, Marcus King Band original “Dyin’”, and The Isley Brothers‘ “Work to Do”, with King and Eric Krasno trading off leads and solos all the way through. The set came to a thrilling, guitar-filled end with Tash Neal emerging from backstage halfway through their performance of B.B. King‘s “Sweet Lil Angel”, relieving Krasno of his duties to help close the set alongside King and harmonica master Frédéric Yonnet.The band returned to the stage to open the second half of the show (sans guests) with “Outrage” and another original tune off of Doin’ Something with “One in Seven”. They then welcomed King back to help them tear through “Joyful Girl”. The second set continued with “Ain’t No Love”, with Yonnet once again returning to help blow the harm on their cover of The Allman Brothers Band‘s “Whipping Post”. The show’s one-song encore sent fans home with a group performance of The Band‘s “The Weight” with Tash Neal once again coming out to join in on the well-known rock anthem.Watch videos from Thursday’s performance below. Soulive is back in action at “The Bowl” on Friday with the second of three shows this weekend, which will see the band welcoming The Meters‘ bassist George Porter Jr. Tickets for the show are still available here.Setlist: Soulive | Brooklyn Bowl | Brooklyn, NY | 7/19/2019Set One: Shaheed, El Ron, Alladin, PJ’s*, Povo*, Had to Cry Today# (Blind Faith cover), Dyin#, Work to Do# (The Isley Brothers cover), Sweet Lil Angel#^+ (B.B. King cover)Set Two: Outrage, One in Seven, Joyful Girl#, Ain’t No Love#, Whipping Post#^ (Allman Brothers Band cover)Encore: The Weight#^+ (The Band cover)Notes:* w/ Maurice Brown^ w/ Frédéric Yonnet+ w/ Tash Neal# w/ Marcus King[H/T JamBands]last_img read more