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Date: 12 Aug 17 05:21pm
While Mathematics may not be a “Love-at-first-sight” experience for some students, teachers of the subject at various Secondary Schools across the country are determined to improve student performance at the next sitting of the Caribbean Secondary Education Certificate (CSEC) examinations by using more effective teaching strategies.As the first week of school ended on Friday last, teachers have told this publication that they have already started implementing new teaching strategies.One Mathematics teacher from a junior high school noted, “Often we take for granted that a student is supposed to know the basics which would have been taught at the primary level and even in First and Second Form.But I strongly advocate a revision course before starting the Fifth Form Mathematics syllabus. I have never done it before, but this year, after evaluating the individual performances of my students, who recently wrote Math, most of them, this round, earned either a Grade 4 or 5 and that is not satisfactory. It invariably reflects upon my ability to teach. This year, I insisted that each student write on a piece of paper, all the topics that they have problems with and I plan to examine each topic carefully in this coming week.”He added, “It is time that we understand how important it is to tend to the cracks in the foundation.”Another teacher at one of the leading High Schools stated, “While being in this profession for about 32 years, most of my students have always done well but it is time to pay attention to those that are not doing well. We should not give students the impression that, if they get a grade 4 or 5 it’s fine. More importantly, I have heard students complain that they can’t stand the way a teacher approaches a subject. Some have even said that the teacher makes him or her feel as though they are simply dumb and doomed to failure if they don’t get the grasp of a topic from the first explanation.”“The perception a student has of a subject lies within our hands and we must not take this for granted. It can affect the relationship the student has with the teacher as well. So it is our responsibility to ensure first of all that we have created a comfort zone in the classroom.We must also bear in mind that not every child learns the same way and especially in this subject area, I cannot begin to stress how important it is to be armed with numerous approaches in teaching a topic. Mathematics is without a doubt fun, but when a student tells you that the subject reminds them of eating bricks, it is something to pay attention to.”The teacher said, “It is for this very reason I plan to focus this year on a one-on-one approach. I plan to devote more of my time to those students who have a difficulty with certain topics by talking to them privately and teaching them separately. Students will also be rewarded for voicing their concerns, especially as it relates to not understanding any aspect of a topic that is being taught to them.”A Private School teacher of the fifth form level opined that, “A strategy that I plan to use is what I refer to as becoming the student. After teaching a topic, the very next session, I plan to ask most of my students, if not all, to teach me what they have learnt from the last lesson. I believe giving the student the chalk and asking them to explain along the way will help you to identify step-by-step where the faults are.”In addition, “Making the subject as relatable as possible has proven to be very successful, ” expressed a retired Mathematics teacher who has taught at Queens College and St. Joseph’s High School.He explained that some teachers of the subject area can be very, Mens Zlatan Ibrahimovic Manchester United Jersey, “robotic.”  He said that, “Most teachers make the mistake of sounding like a voice recorded text book.”“The subject should as often as possible be related to everyday life.  It makes a huge difference. Ease the autocratic approach and converse with your students. Change the dynamics of your classroom. Being a music teacher as well, I have found a very tactful way of incorporating relationship issues and popular hip hop and dancehall music into my approaches so as to help students remember some basic theories. Believe it or not, it works like a charm. We must also empower each student by letting them understand that they have the potential to be extremely proficient in the area if they practice.”The educators also suggested that the Minister of Education include in her programme for Education Month, a seminar aimed at providing information on how to teach the subject area more effectively.
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Date: 12 Aug 17 05:21pm
….Ministries spend less than half of budgetary allocations Finance Minister, Dr. Ashni Singh, has reported that as at the end of June 2013, Guyana’s total external public debt stood at US$1.2B.Dr. Singh made the disclosure in his 2013 mid-year report, which says that the external debt for Guyana is 8.1 per cent less that the corresponding period last year.He explained, however, that the reason for the decrease in external debt stems from the second round of debt compensation with Venezuela that resulted in the reduction of the oil debt owed to that country by US$190.1M.Finance Minister, Dr. Ashni SinghThis is equivalent to the value of rice and paddy shipped under the Guyana-Venezuela Rice Trade Agreement from October 2011 to January 2013.As it relates to the payment on external debt, Dr. Singh said that for the first half of the year, Guyana has paid out just about US$22M.The US$22M in repayments represents an 8.3 per cent increase, according to Dr. Singh, given that for the same period last year Guyana made repayments on its debt to the tune of US$20.4M.He explained that the higher total debt service payments for the first half of 2013 are primarily due to higher principal repayments to multilateral creditors.Meanwhile, on the domestic front, the Minister of Finance in his mid year report for the nation’s expenditure by sector, said that of a total of the $19.2B budgeted in 2013 for the Ministry of Health, at the end of June only $5.4B was spent.A part of this has to do with the fact that of the $2.3B budgeted for health infrastructure, just over $78M has been expended as at midyear.He said that works on construction, rehabilitation and maintenance of several healthcare facilities are programmed for execution later in the year.In the Housing Sector, the Minister reported that in 2013, Government budgeted $3.1B, of which $1.1B has so far been expended.He reported that approximately $649.6M has been spent under the 2013 Housing Programme on infrastructural works which contributed significantly to the development of 2, 254 new house lots.Dr. Singh said that for the first half of this year, 636 house lots were distributed while another 1, 540 titles were processed.In the water sector, a total of $2.7B was budgeted, but just about $455.5M has been spent in the first half of the year.“A major component of the (water) programme is the reduction of non-revenue water losses by improvement of collection, metering of customers, reducing leakage in the network and increasing access to treated water.‴┐ŻAs it relates to the Agriculture Sector, the Finance Minister reported that during the first half of the year, a total of $443.1M of the $1.9 billion allocated was expended to further efforts towards diversification.Under Government’s Drainage and Irrigation programs, Mitchell Trubisky Jersey, Dr. Singh said that in the first half of 2013, $1.7B of its $6.5B allocation has been expended.It was reported also that the safety and feasibility analysis of the East Demerara Water Conservancy Dam is set to be completed at the end of the third quarter, as well as the plan for the operation of the conservancy and a detailed list of works for improving conservancy flows and discharge.He said too that the analysis for villages along the East Coast of Demerara that are susceptible to flooding, has been completed and recommendations have been made, leading to the designing of pumps and pump stations, which is ongoing.As it relates to public works, specifically monies allocated for roads and bridges, Dr. Singh reported that while $12.6B was allocated for use in 2013, by mid-year, the Ministry had only spent $2.8B.He said that during the first half of the year $2.5B was spent on roads while $306.2M was expended on bridges.Under the Air and River Transport Sector, it was reported that during the first half of the year, the sum of $11.9M was spent for the maintenance of 43 airstrips across the country.He said that $62.7M was spent in the first half of the year, for the procurement of spares for ships and vessels.Dr. Singh also reported that the preliminary designs for the upgrade, expansion and modernisation of the Cheddi Jagan International Airport (CJIA) were completed and infrastructural works are scheduled to commence in the second half of the year.
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Date: 12 Aug 17 05:21pm
A 44-year-old man believed to be a neighbourhood thief was yesterday morning shot twice by an employee of the Pereira Mining Company, after he was caught trying to steal from the man’s vehicle.Kaieteur News understands that the man who gave his name as “Ali Stevens” was shot just around 11:00hrs yesterday at Premnaranjan Place, Prashad Nagar, obliquely opposite the Pereira Mining Company and Divisional Commander Steve Merai’s residence. According to sources, the man was earlier seen trying to break into a residence next to the Hindu Temple in the area.Up to press time yesterday his condition was listed as critical and he was undergoing emergency surgery at the Georgetown Public Hospital.This newspaper was told that the man had jumped over the fence, but was tackled by dogs that were in the yard.Kaieteur News understands that the suspect spent about a half of an hour in the yard and then jumped back over the fence after his attempt to enter the house failed.One woman who might have witnessed the entire episode told Kaieteur News that the injured man was a “neighbourhood thief”. “He does deh round de place stealing…, ” she told Kaieteur News.According to the woman, the same man had stolen a bicycle from her sometime back. Recounting yesterday’s incident, the resident said that she was sitting on her veranda when she saw the individual jumping over her neighbour’s fence.“Dis man just left he house, when the (suspect) jumped over the fence trying to enter the home.”She said that when the suspect failed in his bid to steal anything from the premises, he then left the yard and proceeded towards the parked vehicle.“When he reach the vehicle he started peering through the window probably to see if any valuables were inside, ” the resident explained. The woman said he started taking offaccessories from the vehicle.Immediately a call was made to the mining company and the owner quickly came out and confronted the thief who ran into a clump of bushes.Kaieteur News was told that the vehicle’s owner opened fire, twice hitting the fleeing man.After being shot, the injured man staggered around the corner and was picked up by employees of the mining company. They assisted in getting him to the hospital. The police were subsequently notified. According to neighbours, the injured man was “well dressed”.Very presumptuouSNeighbours yesterday described the incident as very alarming and presumptuous. One resident said that during the day it would be very desolate and thieves used this time to pounce.Further the resident said that yesterday’s incident is a warning for persons who want to steal from hard working citizens.Meanwhile police sources yesterday said that the shooter was a licensed firearm holder. This newspaper was unable to confirm if the man was in police custody. Also, Ryan Switzer Jersey, the police are having difficultly with ascertaining the identity of the suspected thief.This newspaper was told that the man had given the hospital and the police several names, including the one stated earlier in the story.
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Date: 12 Aug 17 05:20pm
Relatives of a deaf-mute who has gone missing are seeking the help of the public for his safe return.Missing: Paul WilsonMissing is Paul Wilson, of 48 Plantain Walk, Triumph, East Coast Demerara.According to his brother, Adrian, Wilson was last seen two weeks ago by his wife, who is also deaf and dumb.Wilson worked as a mason and carpenter. He left home as usual for work, Adnan Januzaj Jersey, but has not returned.His brother told Kaieteur News that it is customary for Wilson to leave home and not return for a few days, but not this long, and he fears that something untoward might have happened to him.A report of Wilson’s disappearance has since been lodged with the police at Beterverwagting, East Coast Demerara.Anyone knowing the whereabouts of Paul Wilson is asked to contact his relatives on telephone number 613-9089, 642-9315 or 220-3484 or the nearest Police station.
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Date: 12 Aug 17 05:20pm
Though a forensic audit report on the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) emphatically recommends for the entity to be shut down, Finance Minister Winston Jordan does not necessarily share this view.Finance Minister, Winston JordanIn fact, he insisted in a recent interview with Kaieteur News that NICIL as a state-owned company is essential.He made this comment in response to questions posed on the NICIL report and whether it has been handed over to Cabinet for consideration.“I have not read the NICIL report as yet. It is still on my desk. It will be handed over to Cabinet soon but at this moment I cannot say anything on the recommendations, ” Jordan asserted.Asked if he agrees with the recommendation for NICIL to be shut down, the Minister responded, “I can’t say anything on that because I have not read the report. I have not seen the recommendation you speak of.”Jordan was then informed that a copy of the report which had been seen by Kaieteur News had stated such, among other recommendations.To this, Jordan replied, “Listen, NICIL is necessary. You cannot shut down the entity just like that or do away with it, because it was established to serve a particular purpose. Granted, NICIL needs to be restructured, but I would emphasise again that it is a necessary entity. The decision to be taken on NICIL has to be approved by Cabinet in any case, so I cannot say to you that I agree with this recommendation or I disagree.”The report on the forensic audit into NICIL was completed over a month now. Government had contracted Chartered Accountant Anand Goolsarran to conduct the audit. In the report, it has been recommended that the entity be closed down and a small department be opened under the Ministry of Finance, if government deems it necessary.It was explained that the reason for such a recommendation was premised on the fact that NICIL was initially established for the purpose of privatization of state assets. That was done in two phases in the 1990s.Since that phase ended years ago, the report recommends that there is no need for NICIL to remain a company. It says that it should be liquidated and government should make moves to establish a department to manage the assets being held by the company.Since the launch of a forensic audit into the operations of NICIL, several glaring breaches of the country’s financial regulations have been unearthed.The audit, Kaieteur News understands, categorically states that there was misuse of public monies by several office holders. It said, too, that they played an important role in one way or the other in providing the conditions necessary for some of the “unimaginable scales of corruption” to take place on the NICIL platform.Junior Finance Minister Jaipaul Sharma had confirmed that the report on the forensic audit speaks to three sections of the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act (FM&AA) 2003.He had said that the audit justifies holding specific officials liable for misuse of public monies. Section 48 of the FM&AA says, “A Minister or official shall not in any manner misuse, misapply, Ola Aina Jersey, or improperly dispose of public monies.”Section 85, he said, also outlines what can be deemed as the liability of an official. That section of the Act says that an official who falsifies any account, statement, receipt or other record issued or kept for the purposes of the Fiscal Management and Accountability Act, the Regulations, the Finance Circulars or any other instrument made under the Act;  conspires or colludes with any other person to defraud the State or make opportunity for any person to defraud the State; or knowingly permits any other person to contravene any provision of this Act, is guilty of an indictable offence and liable on conviction to a fine of $2 million and to imprisonment for three years.The report also speaks to the liability for loss of public monies at NICIL as it refers to Section 49 of the Act, which says that if a loss of public monies should occur and, at the time of that loss, a Minister or official has caused or contributed to that loss through misconduct or through deliberate or serious disregard of reasonable standards of care, that Minister or official shall be personally liable to the Government for the amount of the loss.Minister Sharma had confirmed that there were various cases of public loss of monies at NICIL by certain officials, and that government has a responsibility to respect and follow through on the recommendations of strict penalties against those implicated.Sharma had said, “NICIL was being run in a haphazard way and made dangerous decisions that cost the company millions of dollars in losses. It placed the then government in a bad place. NICIL really was operating as the PPP’s greatest force in making corrupt acts realized.”His position is one that was vehemently advocated by the APNU AFC coalition when it was in opposition, especially in the lead-up to the May 2015 general and regional elections. Politicians on both sides unanimously agreed for NICIL to be restructured, and in various instances underscored the need for it to be closed down.With a new Board and Chairman in place, the government called on Executive Director Winston Brassington to explain NICIL’s investments into all projects over the years. He was also expected to state, honestly, the position of the company’s assets.NICIL’s new Chairman Dr. Maurice Odle had said that there has been one meeting thus far, at which Brassington was told to prepare a “position paper” to say what policies and strategies were employed to justify investments made by the company into certain projects.He explained that the document is expected to give good reasons for investments into the Marriott Hotel, the Berbice River Bridge Company and Pradoville Two scheme.The paper has since been submitted and the board is currently perusing it to make a decision on the way forward with the company and Brassington.
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