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Education Officer Appeals to Parents Not to Pressure GSAT Students

first_imgRelatedEducation Officer Appeals to Parents Not to Pressure GSAT Students RelatedEducation Officer Appeals to Parents Not to Pressure GSAT Students Education Officer Appeals to Parents Not to Pressure GSAT Students EducationMarch 20, 2009 FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Assistant Chief Education Officer in the Student Assessment Unit, at the Ministry of Education, Sharon Neil, is appealing to parents to support and not pressure their children, in light of the upcoming Grade Six Achievement Test (GSAT), which takes place on March 26 and 27.“I believe that parents have a critical role to play in helping the children to relax and be focused during this time. I think it is important that parents do not pretend as if it’s important, because we do know that it is important. But at the same time, we want parents to help children to replace negative thoughts or doubts that they may have about their abilities, with more positive thoughts,” she said, in an interview with JIS News.Mrs. Neil emphasised that parents should focus on positive words, in the eventuality that the child has negative perceptions prior to the examination.“If they [parents] hear their children saying things like ‘what’s going to happen if I can’t remember anything when I go into the exam?’, they could help them to refocus by saying things like ‘try to stay calm and when you stay calm, you will remember the things that you would have been studying, so try to remain calm,” she advised.The Assistant Chief Education Officer also stressed that parents should ensure that their children get proper rest before the examination.“I think that our parents should ensure that the children get adequate rest, especially the night before the examination; that they provide them with the materials they are going to need, so they feel prepared. Ensure that they have their pencils, an eraser, and a sharpener,” she said.“Make some plans for the child to have a nutritious breakfast and a snack during the two days of the examination when they do get a break. That would contribute to helping the children believe that parents are supporting, rather than pressuring, and that parents, even though they might be anxious, should try their best not to communicate this anxiety to the students,” she advised.According to Mrs. Neil, the Ministry is hopeful that the performance will improve. “We hope that we will see better performances than in previous years. As always, our expectation is that the students will continue to demonstrate that they have been learning, and show their teachers, their parents, and the Ministry, that the programmes which are in place are working to their benefit and enabling them to give a better performance in the examination,” she said.“The Ministry wants children to be comfortable on the day of the examination, so we are closing schools on the two days of the examination to ensure that space and noise is not a problem. The principals are ensuring that the examination rooms are appropriately arranged and that everything is in place. Principals or designated members of staff will be on hand to handle any emergencies that may arise. We are just encouraging all students to go out there and do their best,” she added.Addressing the structure of the examination, Mrs. Neil pointed out that the GSAT is a curriculum-based test which means that all the questions and test papers are going to be drawn from the grade 4-6 curriculum.“We have taken steps to ensure that the majority of students will have covered the content. The questions are based on what they are learning in schools. We hope for all of them to do the best that they can,” she said.center_img RelatedEducation Officer Appeals to Parents Not to Pressure GSAT Students Advertisementslast_img read more

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Alphabet could use Hudson Yards as template to finance Toronto megaproject

first_imgSidewalk Labs CEO Dan Doctoroff with a rendering of Alphabet’s project in Toronto (top) and Hudson Yards (bottom). (Credit: Sidewalk Labs and Twitter)Alphabet, Google’s parent company, may look to Hudson Yards as a model for how to finance an 800-acre urban hub along a downtrodden part of Toronto’s waterfront.Sidewalk Labs, a Google sister company, is exploring options that could include selling bonds backed by tax revenue and development charges from the commercial site, Bloomberg reported. The model could be similar to part of the $25 billion plan for Hudson Yards: Investors funded about $3 billion worth of special-purpose Hudson Yards Infrastructure Corp. bonds that went to the development of the 7 subway line and other infrastructure.“We devised this approach, which said, we’ll go to bondholders and get them to put up the money on the hope that there would be development in the area,” CEO Dan Doctoroff told Bloomberg. “We will devote all of those incremental tax revenues and some other related revenue streams to the payment of debt service on the bond.”ADVERTISEMENTDoctoroff, who spearheaded Hudson Yards’ development as a deputy mayor, says the area has the same need for a light-rail link to the Toronto development. The bonds would be issued by a special purpose corporation, he said.The company is controversially also weighing a proposal to take a cut of property taxes, development charges and increased land values in the project to help cover infrastructure costs that could total $4.5 billion over the next 30 years.Sidewalk Labs plans to submit an official proposal in the next three months or so, the report said. It includes first revitalizing a 12-acre neighborhood, called Quayside, which would include a new Google campus.The firm has held some “very preliminary” conversations on financing with several pension funds across Canada and is working with a number of investment banks. [Bloomberg] — Meenal Vamburkar This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more

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Watford table offer for Mo Salah’s teammate, club evaluating proposal

first_imgCommonly known as Trezeguet, the 23 year old has impressed this season whilst on loan at Kasimpasa and his performances have brought him to the attention of Watford.Kasimpasa recently made his loan move from Anderlecht permanent by paying the €2m redemption clause, and Fanatik say Watford are ready to pay €6m to sign him.The Premier League side could be looking to bolster their attacking options in the summer and Trezeguet looks to be a option.Embed from Getty ImagesTrezeguet will play in Russia alongside Liverpool star Mohamed Salah and Kasimpasa may wait until after the competition before giving Watford an answer.The player has previously been linked in the English press with and Bournemouth, and we’ve also covered reports from Turkey that Galatasaray could be interested.Trezeguet has played 33 games for Kasimpasa this season, scoring 16 goals and providing 8 assists.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksTrending TodayForge of Empires – Free Online GameDon’t Play This Game, it’s Addictive.Forge of Empires – Free Online GameUndo聽多多 Hearmore.asia1969年前出生的香港居民現可免費試戴頂尖的歐洲助聽器聽多多 Hearmore.asiaUndo美術寶1對1香港媽媽們注意了,速來領取適合4-12歲孩子的繪畫課,手慢無美術寶1對1UndoTheTopFiveVPNEnjoy Netflix Now Without Any RestrictionsTheTopFiveVPNUndoSingles50Hong Kong: A 40+ Dating Site That Actually Works!Singles50UndoDating.comWhere do attractive singles meet in Tung Chung?Dating.comUndoLoans | Search AdsNeed a loan? Search hereLoans | Search AdsUndoCoworking Space | Search AdsThe cost of shared office in Hong Kong might surprise youCoworking Space | Search AdsUndoSmart Tech TrendSelf Adjusting Glasses Take Hong Kong by StormSmart Tech TrendUndo Fanatik claim Watford have tabled a bid for Kasimpasa winger Mahmoud Hassan.last_img read more

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After serving the Holt community for 74 years it

first_imgAfter serving the Holt community for 74 years, it’s out with the old and in with the new Holt High School.The new school opened Tuesday as students returned to classes after Veterans Day.The school was scheduled to open in 2019, but construction finished ahead of schedule. Kimberly Gibson, an English teacher at Holt High, said everyone is so excited about the move.“I think we were so excited that they finished it for us so early that, you know, everyone came together,” said Gibson. “And the kids were helping us pack up and move here, so it’s been an exciting time.”The newest Tuscaloosa County School System school holds more than 500 students. Jah’Kai Hardy, a senior at Holt High, said he’ll miss the old school, but it’s nice being in something so modern.“The old school was very old of course,” said Hardy. “With this new school it’ll be just awesome. The old school, I feel, wasn’t up to date or up to par, but this one is.”The new building is equipped with a band and choir room, administrative and counseling suites, a media center and a gymnasium. Jacqueline McNealey, Holt High’s principal, said she believes that with all their needs being met with the new building, students are ensured the ability to succeed.“We have pretty much all of the technological needs that we’ve had have been met,” said McNealey. “Central office has been very supportive in making sure the students the best and the brightest of everything that they’ve needed. So right now the sky is the limit for these students.”last_img read more

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