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Dear Editor,Einstein once said that the true definition of crazy is when we do the same thing over and over expecting different results.Therefore, we should not be shocked that, yet again, half the country’s children writing Common Entrance failed miserably in Math and English. We should be appalled. Imagine how each failing student this year will struggle throughout secondary school if they even attend one, with no real knowledge of the bigger concepts being taught there. Imagine how many will eventually drop out after having had enough of confusion.We especially should not be shocked though that in the other subject areas like science and social studies, way more than half failed. As we all know, without knowledge of language and math, little or nothing else can be learned.Or do we not know this? How come we have not done things differently to ensure that all our children can, at the very least, read and write, instead of only half of them, as is the present situation?In the first place, why on earth are they being taught all those extra subjects at the Common Entrance level? Why are most of them fetching around what seems like entire libraries in their backpacks and taking extra lessons? Just to fail and barely pass?Our young children’s training should first and foremost be focused only on the two main things in which they need solid foundations – math and language. We teach mathematics from an early age because it provides opportunities for developing important intellectual skills in problem-solving, deductive and inductive reasoning, creative thinking and communication. We teach language from an early age so that children can have a means of seeking new information of all types with their new ability to read and do research. Most employers will not hire persons who have no real command of math and English.Without math and language, a child is stuck. All other subjects are incomprehensible without them.I don’t think any other country focuses on more than just math and language at the Common Entrance age. Why should we? We can’t continue to tolerate half of our children failing math and English just so that we can ensure that way less than half of them could learn social studies and other subjects. It’s not worth it. Why teach unnecessary subjects they are obviously failing miserably in, while firstly, neglecting to focus on the subjects they truly need to learn and then secondly, watching half of them fail in those important subjects year after year? We are truly crazy.All the effort, energy, expertise and resources put into teaching those extra subjects, in vain, could be very well and rightly put into teaching math and English both properly and sufficiently. These two subject areas must never ever be neglected at that age. How can we learn science if we don’t understand math? How can we understand social studies if we can’t read? Science and social studies are subjects that can and must be taught only to students who are already proficient in math and language. If half of the students are not proficient in math and English then what’s the point in teaching those extra subjects to them? Don’t their grades in those extra subjects speak volumes? Why are we allowing this massively failing educational process to continue unchecked?With a good English and math foundation, children can learn social studies and even rocket science with ease later on in any secondary school where those subjects should rightly be taught. And their eventual overall CXC pass rate will also increase tremendously across the country because they would all know how to read and understand the books they need to read and understand.I have met way too many grown people in Guyana who don’t know math nor English even after having gone through primary and secondary school here.Something is wrong.Unlike, for example, Barbados, English is not our first language. We cannot assume that children in Guyana already know English when they start school. They don’t. They don’t speak English at home. Our native tongue is creolese. And, with its Hindi, Dutch, and Amerindian influences, it is very very different from English, which Africans adopted almost wholly. Unlike Barbados, we have way too many historical and present-day language influences to think we can afford to treat the teaching of English at the primary level as a casual affair. We can’t. English is the official language of Guyana and it makes no sense testing our children in English if they don’t know it. Even Barbadians, with their historically limited cultural diversity, completely avoid teaching anything but English and Math at the primary level. Which, in turn, accounts for their extremely high literacy levels and super professional population.While our creolese is a beautiful language, English has to and must be focused on. Otherwise what has been happening will continue to happen – we will continue to fail our children and our nation. The most successful students at the Common Entrance level are bilingual. They speak fluently in both English and creolese. All of our children should be, at the very least, bilingual. Math and English (and perhaps Spanish for obvious reasons) should be all that is taught in our primary schools.As a society, we fit Einstein’s definition of crazy almost exactly. I implore us as a nation to grab some sense. We have way too many illiterate people in our country to not want to take immediate action. Illiteracy is the biggest contributor to our poverty and crime issues. This is not just a matter for our governments to look into. This is our issue. And we must collectively call for a change regardless of which Government is in place. We must want that change before we can convince any Government to provide it.And no, it’s not enough to ask parents to work more closely with the children. The parents themselves do not know math and English. Our education system failed them too. And we certainly don’t want children being beaten to study harder.Sincerely,John Milton Fraser
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Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL), the partner of US oil giant ExxonMobil, recently met with the Directors of Banks DIH Limited as well as its subsidiary companies, in its quest to foster discussions of mutual interest.Banks DIH Limited on Friday said the visiting team from the oil company receivedChairman/Managing Director of Banks DIH Limited, Clifford Reis, shares a handshake with Country Manager of EEPGL, Ron Henson, in the presence of other officialsa tour of the local facility.The Banks DIH Limited team at the meeting included Chairman and Managing Director Clifford Reis, Co-Managing Director and Marketing Director George McDonald; Operations Director Michael Pereira; Engineering Services Director Shabir Hussein, and Managing Director of Citizens Bank Guyana Inc, Eton Chester.“The visiting delegation expressed great satisfaction with both the tour and the mutual discussions with the management team of the company, and thanked the Chairman and Directors for hosting the EPPGL delegation,” Banks DIH said on Friday.
A Mahaicony, East Coast Demerara (ECD) family was arrested by Police on Friday after an unlicensed gun and ammunition were found on their premises.According to information received, the farmer, his wife and daughter were taken into custody after ranks acting on a tip swooped down on the family home at about 10:30h in the Mahaicony River. During the search, an illegal revolver and 12 live rounds of ammunition were unearthed.The family remains in custody as investigations continue.
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0Shares0000He leaves the game having last turned out for Coventry City, who he signed for only in February.LONDON, United Kingdom, Nov 22 – Yakubu has announced his retirement from football on his 35th birthday after struggling to overcome a hamstring injury.The former Nigeria captain, amassed 57 caps and 21 goals since his national debut 2000, making him the third highest ever international goalscorer for the Super Eagles. And the former Maccabi Haifa, Portsmouth, Middlesbrough, Everton, Blackburn Rovers, Guangzhou, Al-Rayyan, Reading and Kayserispor frontman, racked up a further 252 Premier League appearances, with 95 goals.He leaves the game having last turned out for Coventry City, who he signed for only in February.But after managing only three appearances, Yakubu and Coventry agreed to terminate his contract by mutual consent.In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports News: “I would like to officially announce my retirement from professional football today.“Firstly, I would like to thank God for the career I have had. I would like to thank the entire Nigerian Football Federation and my Nigerian national team-mates for all the memorable years I had playing for the Super Eagles.“I would also like to thank all the football clubs I played for. The managers, all club staff, owners, fellow players and my dearest family and friends who immensely supported me throughout my career.“When I started my career at Julius Berger in Nigeria all those years ago (1997) I could only have dreamt of the success that was to follow years after.“Also playing in England especially helped me grow as a player and as a person so much that I am now settled here. I feel the time is right for me to now focus on the next chapter in my life.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)
SAN FRANCISCO – Technology stocks made an abrupt U-turn Thursday, reducing the gains that had been piling up as investors sought refuge from the lending and housing morass weighing on the U.S. economy. Internet networking supplier Cisco Systems Inc. took one of the biggest beatings after its chief executive, John Chambers, warned that weakening demand among major customers, including banks saddled with huge loan losses, would probably slow Cisco’s growth. Cisco’s shares plunged $3.12, or 9.5 percent, to close Thursday at $29.63. That marked the sharpest decline in the San Jose-based company’s stock price since a 10.6 percent drop in August 2004. But Thursday’s comedown was widespread, pulling down even high-tech stars like online search leader Google Inc. and iPod maker Apple Inc., whose stocks had been leaping from one new peak to another for months. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREStriving toward a more perfect me: Doug McIntyre Apple shares were down $18.53, or 9.9 percent, at one point. And Google shed as much as $55.06, or 7.5 percent, before rebounding later in the session to close at $693.84, down $39.10, or 5.3 percent, for the day. Apple’s stock closed at $175.47, down $10.83, or 5.8 percent. Other prominent losers included: China’s top Internet search leader, Baidu.com Inc., down $37.13, or 9.4 percent, to $357.87; business software maker Oracle Corp., down $1.75, or 7.9 percent, to $20.35; IBM Corp., down $4.97, or 4.5 percent, to $106.11; Amazon.com Inc., down $3.46, or 4 percent, to $83.58; and Hewlett-Packard Co., down $1.90, or 3.7 percent, to $$49.94.
DONEGAL have been drawn to play either Wexford or Laois in Round 4 of the All-Ireland – if they lose this weekendJim McGuinness’s side face Monaghan in the Ulster final this Sunday in Clones.The losers of the game will play the winners of the Wexford/Laois match. Kildare will welcome Tyrone to Newbridge.The visit of Mickey Harte’s men to the Lillywhites is the pick of the third round and the eventual winners of that tie will be handed another tough task in the next round as they will take on Meath.The third round also threw up an all-Ulster clash as Derry will host Cavan.Armagh face a trip to Galway in the round’s other game and Cork lie in wait for the winner of that game at a neutral venue in the fourth round. The Round 3 games will take place on Saturday and Round 4 games a week later.All-Ireland SFC Round 3 QualifiersGalway * v ArmaghWexford * v LaoisKildare * v Tyrone Derry * v Cavan* Denotes home advantageAll-Ireland SFC Round 4 QualifiersGalway or Armagh v Cork Wexford or Laois v Donegal or MonaghanKildare or Tyrone v MeathDerry or Cavan v Mayo or LondonAll fourth round ties to be played at a neutral venueDONEGAL DRAWN TO PLAY WEXFORD OR LAOIS IN ALL-IRELAND QUALIFIERS IF THEY LOSE ULSTER CROWN was last modified: July 15th, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Donegal is in full festive flow.Reports this afternoon say that there are now tailbacks and busy footfall as people finally get out shopping.Many towns including Letterkenny, Buncrana, Donegal Town and Ballyshannon have reported busy trading across stores. And with three full shopping days left, retailers are hopeful they can make the best of the remainder of the Christmas season.Many shops say they are holding their own and have put it down to a number of factors including the mild weather and people shopping locally to support local jobs.Toni Forrester, CEO of Letterkenny Chamber told Donegaldaily.com that they are on course to sell a record number of Shop LK Vouchers – perhaps reaching an impressive €175,000.Ms Forrester said things are beginning to look up and she thinks people are going to spend a lot more in the coming days. “We are shopping locally and the weather has certainly helped. I think there is a lot of pride that and people realise that we have to support our own.“People realise the choice that Letterkenny is giving shoppers and there are a lot of bargains out there now.“I think we are going to have a better than average Christmas compared to the last couple of years and hopefully that will steady our traders throughout the year ahead,” she said.The Letterkenny Chamber boss said she had one piece of advice for a certain shopper who traditionally left it until the last minute to go shopping.“I would ask boyfriends and husbands not to leave it until the last minute on Christmas Eve. “It’s the one time of year to let ladies see how much they are appreciated.“They will be doing themselves a lot of favours by getting to the shops earlier and getting that special gift and also helping the local economy.,” she smiled.* Meanwhile local shoppers have even more reason to stay at home after EUR/GBP traded over £1.20 today for the first time since September 2010 today. It means that Northern Ireland shoppers will be coming out here in their droves – and they’re always very welcome!TRADERS REPORT INCREASE IN SHOPPING AS CHRISTMAS RUSH BEGINS was last modified: December 21st, 2011 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Letterkenny ChamberToni Forrester