The best commuter towns around London: High Wycombe, Chelmsford and Epsom have the best schools, lowest house prices and quickest commutes

first_img 8 15 2 7 12 11 High Wycombe 86% £431,944 £3344 28m 6 Chelmsford 86% £417,945 £3728 36m 8 Epsom 85% £662,888 £1920 36m 6 Reading 75% £467,931 £4188 27m 14 Haywards Heath 79% £523,608 £3840 45m 12 Colchester 79% £297,575 £4796 49m 9 Maidenhead 78% £627,956 £3640 20m 5 Sevenoaks 65% £1,044,251 £3288 33m 13 Cambridge 80% £693,401 £4648 52m 37 Guildford 79% £761,757 £3400 37m 8 St Albans 76% £702,581 £3288 17m 5 Oxford 84% £844,892 £4788 57m 27 Brighton 72% £579,449 £4056 66m 11 Tunbridge Wells 79% £671,761 £4364 54m 6 Winchester 82% £664,962 £4812 58m 7 The research was inspired by “the questions most commonly asked by parents moving to the commuter belt in search of a better standard of living and a better education for their children”, said the company. Jonathan Hopper, its managing director, said there was “still good value – and a good quality of life – to be found within easy reach of the capital”.  13 4 5 3 Click on the numbers for a breakdown of each town/city. See full table below for full breakdown Press the numbers for a breakdown of each town/city. Scroll below map for full breakdown 此页面无法正确加载 Google 地图。您是否拥有此网站?确定 14 by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeSwift VerdictChrissy Metz, 39, Shows Off Massive Weight Loss In Fierce New PhotoSwift VerdictMaternity WeekA Letter From The Devil Written By A Possessed Nun In 1676 Has Been TranslatedMaternity Weekzenherald.comMeghan Markle Changed This Major Detail On Archies Birth Certificatezenherald.comEquity MirrorThey Drained Niagara Falls — They Weren’t Prepared For This Sickening DiscoveryEquity MirrorTaco RelishKate & Meghan Are Very Different Mothers, These Photos Prove ItTaco RelishArticles SkillHusband Leaves Wife For Her Sister, Not Knowing She Won The Lottery Just Moments BeforeArticles SkillTaonga: The Island FarmThe Most Relaxing Farm Game of 2021. No InstallTaonga: The Island FarmTotal Battle – Tactical Game OnlineThe Most Addictive Strategy Game of 2021Total Battle – Tactical Game OnlineTotal PastThis Was Found Hiding In An Oil Painting – Take A Closer LookTotal Past 10center_img Emma Haslett 1 Show Comments ▼ Share 6 Town / City State schools with “good”Ofsted rating or above Average detachedhouse price Seasonticket cost Train timeto London Number ofprivate schools Want to get out of the Big Smoke, but keep your commute to a minimum? You could do worse than moving to High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire, where the schools are ranked well, property prices are (fairly) reasonable – and the journey to the capital is a mere 28 minutes.That’s according to a study by buying agents Garrington Property Finders, which has compiled a list of the top 15 commuter towns around London based on the quality of schools, house prices, season ticket cost and commute length. Also on the list are Chelmsford in Essex – just 36 minutes away from Liverpool Street Station – and Epsom, where the commute is also 36 minutes, although house prices are rather steeper, with the average home priced at more than £660,000, compared with Chelmsford’s £420,000. Friday 24 July 2015 4:31 am whatsapp whatsapp The best commuter towns around London: High Wycombe, Chelmsford and Epsom have the best schools, lowest house prices and quickest commutes Tags: London house prices UK house prices 9last_img read more

Is it ethical to use consumer DNA sites to solve crimes?

first_img What’s included? Tags diagnosticsethicsgeneticspolicySTAT+ Megan Thielking GET STARTED When a distant relative of the suspected Golden State Killer shared their genetic data with the genealogical site GEDMatch, that person almost certainly never imagined that DNA from the sample would be used in a police investigation.In fact, as consumer testing of DNA proliferates, few people likely consider the possible legal implications. STAT+ is STAT’s premium subscription service for in-depth biotech, pharma, policy, and life science coverage and analysis. Our award-winning team covers news on Wall Street, policy developments in Washington, early science breakthroughs and clinical trial results, and health care disruption in Silicon Valley and beyond. Log In | Learn More What is it? Is it ethical to use consumer DNA sites to solve crimes? Unlock this article — plus daily market-moving biopharma analysis — by subscribing to STAT+. First 30 days free. GET STARTEDcenter_img @meggophone The suspected Golden State Killer, Joseph James DeAngelo. Paul Kitagaki Jr./The Sacramento Bee via AP, Pool Daily reporting and analysis The most comprehensive industry coverage from a powerhouse team of reporters Subscriber-only newsletters Daily newsletters to brief you on the most important industry news of the day STAT+ Conversations Weekly opportunities to engage with our reporters and leading industry experts in live video conversations Exclusive industry events Premium access to subscriber-only networking events around the country The best reporters in the industry The most trusted and well-connected newsroom in the health care industry And much more Exclusive interviews with industry leaders, profiles, and premium tools, like our CRISPR Trackr. Business About the Author Reprints By Megan Thielking May 30, 2018 Reprints [email protected] News Editorlast_img read more

Our guide to the game as Laois minor ladies head into a Leinster semi-final

first_img By Siun Lennon – 27th April 2019 Our guide to the game as Laois minor ladies head into a Leinster semi-final TAGSLaois Minor Ladies Home Sport GAA Our guide to the game as Laois minor ladies head into a… SportGAALadies Football WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Pinterest Twitter There is a medley of important matches for young Laois intercounty teams being played this weekend – none more so than the Leinster ‘B’ minor ladies semi-final between Laois and Westmeath.Laois were left wondering of their position on points, but the news came two weeks ago that they were to play in the Leinster semi-final against Westmeath – a team they have already faced in the group stage.Laois began their campaign against a tough Longford outfit, coming away without any points in the 10 goal thriller at Timahoe GAA.However the next day out saw them come away with a brilliant victory against Wexford, fueling their Leinster prospects.A second half comeback was too little too late for the Laois minor ladies against Westmeath on April 13 – but they emerged through to the semi-final against the team who defeated them by four points in Timahoe. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR GAA center_img Facebook GAA Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Saturday, April 27, 2019Next articleWhat you need to know as Laois minor hurlers begin Leinster championship campaign Siun Lennonhttp://heresosiun.blogspot.ie/2016/09/the-lekkie-piccie-experience.htmlSiún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Facebook GAA Here are all of Wednesday’s Laois GAA results WhatsApp Kelly and Farrell lead the way as St Joseph’s claim 2020 U-15 glory However there is good news for Tom McKittrick’s side. There are a number of key players back from injury and TY holidays, seven in total, Laois will be determined to reverse the result of the previous match and progress to the Leinster Final.Laois minor ladies play in the Leinster ‘B’ semi-final against Westmeath in The Downs GAA Club, Mullingar, on Saturday April 27 at 2pm.LAOIS: Niamh Phelan (St. Brigids); Lisa Walsh (St. Brigids), Sarah McMahon (Ballyroan), Leah Kelly (Ballyroan); Niamh Crowley (St. Pauls), Danielle Forbes (Graiguecullen), Rebecca Balfe (St. Pauls); Sarah Larkin (Timahoe), Jade Nolan (Graiguecullen); Shifra Havill (St. Conleths), Julia Cahill (Portlaoise), Emily Lacey (St. Josephs); Jenny Murphy (Timahoe), Lisa Keane (The Heath), Leah Loughman (Portlaoise)Subs: Nadine Dempsey (St. Pauls), Sarah Walsh (St. Conleths), Caoimhe Fitzpatrick (Graiguecullen), Sara Kerfah (Graiguecullen), Amy Fitzpatrick (Ballyroan), Sinéad Farrelly (St. Josephs), Emer Brennan (St. Brigids), Aine Lacey (St. Brigids), Seóna McKittrick (Timahoe), Ciara McDonald (Killeshin), Caoimhe Lacey (St. Josephs), Anna Healy (Portlaoise), Ciara Langton (St. Pauls), Clíodhna Molloy (Timahoe), Sally Almond (Graiguecullen)SEE ALSO – Women in Sport: In search of an All-Ireland title this weekend – it’s Kirsten Keenan 2020 U-15 ‘B’ glory for Ballyroan-Abbey following six point win over Killeshinlast_img read more

Shooting Spurs Action on Military Ideology

first_img News There has been widespread consternation in South Korea of late following the so-called ‘knock knock defection’ of a North Korean soldier across the DMZ near Mt. Geumgang. However, shock is not the exclusive preserve of South Korea; the Kim Jong Eun regime has simultaneously been meting out serious punishments to those involved in another case, wherein a single soldier shot and killed two of his superiors before escaping across the Military Demarcation Line at Dorasan in the west of the peninsula.“That news travelled far and wide because the soldier killed two of his commanders before defecting,” a source from inside North Korea revealed to Daily NK on the 18th. “The General Political Bureau (GPB) has ordered all units to ramp up ideological education.”There are regularly cases of soldiers defecting across the DMZ; however, the North Korean authorities do not allow such news to spread for fear that it could harm morale and affect ideological purity. Nevertheless, given its unusual nature this most recent incident has already shot through the division in which it occurred, all around nearby Kaesong and north as far as Pyongyang.The impact of the case is reportedly all the greater because the soldier involved hailed from the frontline Mingkyung Unit, whose soldiers have excellent backgrounds and which treats them comparatively well. It is this elite unit which performs guard duty in the Joint Security Area at Panmunjom.In an attempt to arrest the decline that the case would appear to reflect, political commissars are reportedly conducting face-to-face meetings with soldiers to inform them of the dangers of losing ideological strength and to explain that the soldier involved in the shooting betrayed his country due to ideological impurities arriving from South Korea. All the South Korean products found to be in the possession of soldiers are being confiscated, it is alleged.The crackdown also extends to South Korean products in local markets. The source said, “They have vowed to strengthen the penalties for anyone who sells South Korean products, dramas or DVDs. The atmosphere is not lenient.”Up in Pyongyang, from which the assailant hailed, it is said that not only the family of the soldier but also his middle school teacher and Kim Il Sung Socialist Youth League leader have all been dismissed. Shooting Spurs Action on Military Ideology US dollar and Chinese reminbi plummet against North Korean won once again NewsEconomy There are signs that North Korea is running into serious difficulties with its corn harvest SHARE RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img News Facebook Twitter AvatarChoi Song Min By Choi Song Min – 2012.10.18 5:51pm News North Korea Market Price Update: June 8, 2021 (Rice and USD Exchange Rate Only) last_img read more

Exempt market sees surge in individual investor activity: OSC

first_img Institutional investors still dominated the exempt market in 2019, but individual investor participation was growing, according to new data from the Ontario Securities Commission (OSC).The OSC has reported that a total of $88.6 billion was raised in Ontario’s exempt market in 2019, with around 96% ($85.3 billion) of that coming from institutions. Individual investors accounted for nearly 4% ($3.3 billion). A three-dimensional composition, a red arrow, breaks through the brick wall and can be used in any design iStock Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Exempt market,  InvestingCompanies Ontario Securities Commission BFI investors plead for firm’s sale PwC alleges deleted emails, unusual transactions in Bridging Finance case Related news James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter While the amount of capital raised declined a bit, the number of issuers tapping the exempt market remained steady between 2017 and 2019 — and the OSC noted that the number of investors in the market, particularly retail investors, had increased significantly.Retail investor participation in the exempt market also differed significantly from institutional involvement, the report showed.For instance, the OSC reported that retail investors largely participated in deals for domestic issuers, whereas institutions allocated more capital to foreign firms —mostly in the U.S.Individual investors also made most of their investments in equity and other non-debt securities (70%), whereas most of the institutional capital went to debt financings (56%).By sector, retail investors also focused about 37% of their investment on the mortgage and real estate sectors, compared with just 15% for institutional investors.In 2019, around 12,900 retail investors made exempt market investments in the real estate sector, up from 8,800 investors in 2017. And, the value of those investments was up to $1.2 billion in 2019 from $0.8 billion in 2017.Most investors (both individuals and institutions) rely on the accredited investor (AI) exemption to participate in deals, followed by the offering memorandum (OM) exemption, the report said.In total, the OSC reported that the OM exemption, along with other recently-adopted exemptions (e.g. the family, friends and business associates, and existing securities holder exemptions), have been used to raise just over $1 billion since 2017.“Investor participation in Ontario’s exempt market has increased considerably,” said Paul Redman, director, regulatory strategy and research at the OSC. “The findings in this report will inform the OSC’s ongoing efforts to monitor and oversee this important component of our capital market.” New exemption aimed at savvy investors in Alberta, Saskatchewanlast_img read more

Jamaica to Benefit from Two New Direct Flights from the UK

first_imgRelatedJamaica to Benefit from Two New Direct Flights from the UK RelatedJamaica to Benefit from Two New Direct Flights from the UK Advertisements RelatedJamaica to Benefit from Two New Direct Flights from the UKcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Jamaica is slated to benefit from two new direct flights from the Midlands in the United Kingdom (UK) to Montego Bay, which the Jamaica Tourist Board has said, could bring a potential 9,000 extra visitors to the island.The flights, which will be the first direct service from the Midlands to the island, will be operated by Airtours starting this summer, and Thomsonfly starting in May 2008.From July 18, Airtours will begin a direct service from East Midlands Airport to Montego Bay, which will run for eight weeks during the summer. Flights are scheduled to depart the UK on Wednesdays and return on Thursdays. Meanwhile, Thomsonfly will operate a weekly charter service from Birmingham International Airport from May 5 to October 20 next year. The flights are scheduled to depart the UK on Mondays and return on Tuesdays.JTB’s Regional Director for the UK/Northern Europe, Elizabeth Fox said that “these flights are a direct response to increased demand from the consumer for direct departures from regional airports”.“The Midlands has traditionally always had a strong connection to Jamaica and boasts a vibrant Jamaican community. These extra flights are good news for Jamaicans living in the Midlands, who travel regularly to the island for business and to visit relatives, for holidaying Brits and for Jamaica’s tourist industry,” she stated.To promote the new flights, the JTB recently paid a four-day visit to travel agents in the Midlands. The representatives called on more than 160 agents in Leicestershire, Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, Birmingham, Warwickshire and Staffordshire. The JTB also hosted two receptions at Jongleurs Bars in Nottingham and Birmingham, where the agents were treated to Jamaican cuisine. Agents, who attended had chance to meet suppliers and win JTB ‘fam’ trips, among other prizes.The new flights from the Midlands are expected to enhance development now underway in the island’s tourist sector, which is experiencing an unprecedented growth in infrastructure, with some 10,000 rooms to be added by 2012.In addition, work is underway to improve and develop a diverse range of quality accommodation from affordable bed and breakfast lodgings to super deluxe resorts catering to the visitor’s every need. Jamaica to Benefit from Two New Direct Flights from the UK UncategorizedJuly 5, 2007last_img read more

Train takes strain as huge aggregate haul avoids village roads

first_imgTrain takes strain as huge aggregate haul avoids village roads LLWR has completed the importation of a mammoth 42,000 tonnes of aggregate material for its Repository Development Programme (RDP), without a single stone chipping passing through nearby Drigg village by road.Deliveries were made by rail and the operation was judged such a success that Sellafield are studying it to see if they can learn from the process.Lisa O’Neil, LLWR Project Engineer, said: “Members of the Sellafield rail infrastructure team reached out to us as they are looking to install some new rail infrastructure to support large upcoming projects, one of which is an opportunity for LLWR to take acceptable material for use in RDP.“They want to look at our operations to see if they can take any learning from it. It’s good to share what we are doing well.”Sellafield have been sent video, photos and even drone footage of the operation, which was managed by Graham Construction, utilising West Cumbrian groundwork sub contractor Phillip Carruthers Ltd, who supplied local labour and plant.The spoil material is being stockpiled on the LLWR site for ongoing use in construction of a haul road to the RDP workface. The first phase of RDP will lead to the construction of an engineered cap over Vault 8 and adjacent trenches, and subject to regulatory agreement, clean spoil material stored at Sellafield could be utilised in the Programme.“The completion of deliveries is a really good milestone for us. It was crucial to the rest of our minor civils work scope that we got these deliveries in, so we can complete enabling works, taking us to October 2021,” Lisa added.“Using rail means we’ve kept 2,100 wagons off village roads, equating to 4,200 trips in and out of our site. We are working closely with the local community.”Only one delivery was completed before lockdown led to their suspension until mid summer, when a limited return to work was possible, under social distancing guidelines.When similar rail deliveries were made to site in 2018, also via Graham Construction, train turnaround time was around 8 hours. However, Learning from Experience (LfE) during the latest delivery schedule saw this halved.Paul Burns, Works Manager for enabling works contractor Graham Construction, said of the delivery operation: “It was a real success. We did 10 weeks of offloading with no accidents, incidents or breakdowns.” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:agreement, community, drone, Government, infrastructure, lockdown, operation, project, social distancing, UK, UK Government, vault, videolast_img read more

Union calls on Government to back forestry bill

first_imgUnion calls on Government to back forestry bill CFMEU ManufacturingMEDIA RELEASE Wednesday 09 December 2020Union calls on Government to back forestry billThe timber workers union, CFMEU Manufacturing is calling on the Government to support a bill which will be moved by Nationals Senator Bridget McKenzie.The changes being pursued would amend the EPBC Act to support sustainable forest management continuing to deliver triple bottom line (social, environmental and economic) benefits from the very small amount of public native forest still available for timber production.The union wrote to the Prime Minister in August calling for bipartisan support to changes to the EPBC Act and the Illegal Logging Regulations to blunt the outrageous and disingenuous smear litigation by green groups like the Bob Brown Foundation trying to shut down timber communities.“We welcome Senator McKenzie’s bill” said Mr Michael O’Connor, CFMEU National Secretary, Manufacturing Division.“There has been a lack of urgency to date in defence of timber jobs from the Government”“Governments needs to do more to protect regional jobs and this would be a good start”The letter to the Prime Minister from the union in August outlined that the way both the EPBC Act and Illegal Logging Regulations were being interpreted by some was not consistent with the objectives of Australian Parliaments when they legislated them.The letter appeals to Mr Morrison who said about Tasmanian timber workers at the 2019 election that “Wherever these jobs are…our government doesn’t sneer at the jobs of Regional Australians, we think they’re very important – it’s an honest, hard, decent living”In addition to the changes to the EPBC Act the union is continuing to demand effective amendments to the Code of Practice for Timber Production from the Victorian Government.In July, the Victorian Minister Jaclyn Symes stated about the Code that “Regional jobs are more important than ever right now, and we can’t let outdated regulation put them at risk.”“We have outdated regulation at the Federal and State levels” Continued Mr O’Connor“Governments need to back up their rhetoric and promises with action to protect jobs”“Our union will leave no stone unturned in defence of our members’ jobs, their families and their communities” /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Australia, Australian, Bridget McKenzie, election, Federal, Government, jobs, Minister, Morrison, Prime Minister, production, regulation, Secretary, sustainable, Tasmania, Tassie, Victorialast_img read more

Wollongong Council’s procurement processes receive tick of approval from NSW Audit

first_imgWollongong Council’s procurement processes receive tick of approval from NSW Audit Wollongong City Council continues to focus on meeting best practice when it comes to its procurement processes.Last week the NSW Audit Office tabled the Performance Audit on Procurement Management in Local Government in NSW Parliament. Wollongong was one of six councils selected to participate in the process that ran from September to December 2019.The report noted Council’s stringent standards of corporate governance and found that our Procurement Framework, and the individually reviewed procurements, were all compliant with the relevant legislation.“Council has been very focussed on making sure we’re meeting the mark when it comes to meeting industry standards and expectations around our procurement processes,” Wollongong City Lord Mayor Councillor Gordon Bradbery AM said.“This report shows that we are not only compliant with relevant legislation but that our approach to procurement training was highlighted as an area of good practice.”The Audit was not just about compliance, but also improvement, and several opportunities were identified for all councils to lift their procurement management, mitigate risks and ensure best outcomes.“Of the six improvement areas for all Councils, I’m pleased to say that Wollongong is already implementing three of these measures to best practice standards,” Cr Bradbery said.“We are always looking at areas and ways to improve our processes to ensure we’re meeting our community’s expectations, as well as our obligations from a legal point of view. As an example of this, we have this year added an additional ‘local’ weighting to the procurement assessment process to support businesses based in the area. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:audit, Australia, community, corporate, council, gordon, Government, industry, legislation, local council, Local Government, NSW, outcomes, parliament, Wollongong, Wollongong City Councillast_img read more

Ministry to Introduce National Student Registration

first_imgMinistry to Introduce National Student Registration EducationMarch 25, 2010 Advertisements RelatedMinistry to Introduce National Student Registration RelatedMinistry to Introduce National Student Registrationcenter_img RelatedMinistry to Introduce National Student Registration FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Minister of Education, Hon. Andrew Holness, has announced that as part of the Ministry’s drive to engage in more data-driven decision making, it will soon be introducing national student registration.“Within the national student registration, which I will speak more of when we are close to implementation, every student will be assigned a unique account number. And within that account stored in a database, every record of the student will be deposited. So, we will be keeping track of your grades individually,” he explained.He further noted that the information contained on the grid would help the Ministry to make assessments on the progress of every child, ensuring that all children are accounted for when the Ministry makes policy decisions. In addition, he said the information would help the Ministry to determine the productivity of the education dollar spent by the Government.The Minister was speaking at the launch of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID)/Jamaica Basic Education Project, at the Shortwood Practising Primary and Junior High School, in St. Andrew, today (March 24). The project is another being undertaken by the Ministry to transform the education sector.The main goals are: to increase early grade reading fluency; increase acquisition of foundation mathematics skills; strengthen public-private partnership for education; and improve school performance. Shortwood Practising Primary and Junior High School is one of 250 all-age, primary and junior high schools being supported by the project.Mr. Holness thanked all the stakeholders, especially the USAID, for their support of the project. He said the project was particularly important, as all educational gains are hinged on the ability of students to read and that it was important that teaching methods take into consideration the learning abilities of each student.Also speaking at the launch, Mission Director for USAID, Dr. Karen Hilliard, said the United States (US) Government was happy to be partners on the project, and would continue its efforts in Jamaica to ensure literacy among children.“We share your commitment to halt the trend of illiterate children transitioning to high schools, and we will work in concert with the Ministry and its partners to lay the building blocks, by helping students master the basics in the early grades. Only then can they successfully navigate the secondary curriculum and leave with the requisite skills to go on to university or learn a trade,” she said.The USAID/Jamaica Basic Education project builds on the successes of two earlier projects – Expanding Educational Horizons and the Caribbean Centre of Excellence for Teacher Training.last_img read more