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Petition to Government of Jamaica, Dr. Grace McLean

Increase the Subvention to the University of Technology, Jamaica, Commensurate with Need

My name is Cheryll Messam. I am a citizen and resident of Jamaica, and a Certified Professional Coach in the Life Coaching industry. In addition, I am an employee of the University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Jamaica) for 16+ years. However, I created this petition as a concerned, private citizen of Jamaica, and as a joint owner of all national institutions, with all my Jamaican country-men and women.  The views expressed here are my own and not the views of my employer, the University of Technology, Jamaica. In the 1990s after completing community college in the USA, I was not able to transfer immediately to University to complete years 3 and 4 of my degree, due to financial hardship. Consequently, I returned to Jamaica. At community college, I failed one subject—typing. When I returned to Jamaica and began my job hunt, it was challenging to find a permanent job. I did three temporary jobs for close to a year before landing a permanent job. I was able to get those three jobs, only because I could type. Education is all important for the survival of an individual, and a nation. The University of Technology, Jamaica (UTech, Jamaica), just celebrated 60 veritable years of educational service to Jamaica and the Caribbean region (1958-2018). It is a Government institution established by an Act of Parliament. The University is facing financial challenges. An appropriate increase in the annual subvention from the Government of Jamaica (GOJ) can assist in alleviating these financial challenges. The current subvention from the GOJ to UTech, Jamaica is approximately J$2.1 billion annually. It is calculated based on a staff size of 608 members.  However, based on the growth of the University over the past two decades, currently the size of the University’s staff is 1,440 members.  The University, therefore, faces difficulties funding its staff, among other items. It has appealed to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Information to assist in efforts to improve its financial position, by increasing the subvention from approximately J$2.1 billion to approximately J$4.97 billion. ( http://www2.jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20190222/utech-wants-5b-university-awaiting-sign-staff-numbers ) Whether the subvention will be increased by the GOJ, and/or the timeline for a decision on the matter, is unclear. However, it is noteworthy that in the recently announced (2019) supplementary budget for 2018/19, the University of the West Indies, a regional institution, received an additional J$900+ million from the GOJ, while no increase was granted to UTech, Jamaica. (http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/commentary/20190213/utasu-utech-underfunded-design) In frustration on February 20th, 2019 all four unions at the University i.e. Academic, Administrative, Technical and the Students Union united to protest the GOJ’s historical under-funding of UTech, Jamaica. ( http://jamaica-gleaner.com/article/lead-stories/20190221/sick-cinderella-treatment-say-utech-students ) The GOJ is ultimately responsible for the sustainable development of all national entities, and no less responsible for safeguarding the future of UTech, Jamaica. Please sign this petition and join me in Standing Up for UTech, Jamaica, by asking the GOJ to increase the subvention commensurate with the University’s need. ------------ GOAL: To visibly unite at least 15,000 persons willing to Stand Up for the University of Technology, Jamaica in 30 days (March 9-April 9, 2019), and send a message to the GOJ that we ALL hold 'them' accountable for proper stewardship of our national University, UTech, Jamaica. Thanks for your continued support by sharing this petition with your own online community. #unitedutechjastands #moresubvention4utechja        

Cheryll Messam
10,226 supporters
Update posted 2 days ago

Petition to The Hon. James Merlino MP

Make John Gardiner Reserve a safe and inclusive sport & community facility

John Gardiner Reserve has been used as an outdoor recreation space by local schools, sporting clubs and community groups since 1991.  But the field and its supporting infrastructure, including lights and change facilities are now in a very poor state.  The playing surface is poorly drained and if left to deteriorate any further will become dangerously uneven, lighting is restricted to only half the field and the change facilities are not welcoming to women and girls and not adequate for modern use. Something must be done!  John Gardiner Reserve must be redeveloped into a high quality, high capacity, multi-sport precinct for use by schools, sporting clubs and local community groups, relieving the pressure on other community sporting assets and allowing participation in organized sport to grow. A redevelopment of John Gardiner Reserve is proposed including: 12,482m2 of hybrid synthetic turf playing surfaces that would allow 70+ hours of use per week over one full size and one junior size field, more than triple that afforded by a grass surface; lighting to allow training and play throughout the year; a repurposed natural gully to allow storm water harvesting and storage and year-round watering of the playing fields; an adjacent ‘Community Hub’ that would provide modern female and male change facilities and a multi-purpose function space for use by local schools and community groups, as well as sporting tenants; and spectator terracing to comfortably support the hosting of National level competitions. Please give your support to this vital initiative that will benefit Auburn High School, Auburn South Primary School, Bialik College and other local schools, sporting clubs and community groups!  

Justin Bown
426 supporters
Update posted 3 days ago

Petition to Damian Hinds, Nadhim Zahawi

Time to stop pushing KS1 into our reception classes. Extend Early Years principles to 7!

What are the essential skills for life in the 21st century? What do our children really need to know?  What do they need to understand?  Does the current English system give them this? Unfortunately...it does not. Our children need communication skills, personal, social and emotional development, physical skills, embedded literacy and maths skills, an understanding of their world and the people in it. https://www.weforum.org/agenda/2016/03/21st-century-skills-future-jobs-students/ They need characteristics such as resilience, perseverance, creative thinking, the ability to solve problems, think outside the box, independence, risk taking, make connections. They need confidence and the ability to learn from mistakes as they grow in a world which is a challenging place to be...and becoming more so by the day. The irony of all of the above is that we currently have a curriculum in England that delivers much of the above and more. It is the Early Years Foundation Stage curriculum. The only problem is it ends when children leave Reception classes. For many children, it is ending in the Reception classes due to pressures to be so called "National Curriculum" ready!  This notion of moving children towards KS1 during their Reception year was highlighted in OFSTED's recent report into the Reception year: (https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/reception-curriculum-in-good-and-outstanding-primary-schools-bold-beginnings).  It was seen as positive that Reception teachers were starting KS1 learning in their Early Years classes in a bid to make children ready for Yr1 expectations, expectations that are developmentally inappropriate! How can this be right? Many of these children are still 4 years old.  Every child in reception is entitled to an early years education, not a watered down pale imitation. Surely its time to stop pushing the flawed and inappropriate KS1 curriculum into our Reception classes and time to push up a curriculum that is tried, tested and proven. A curriculum with relationships, environments and child development at its core.  The early years of life do not end at age 4 or 5.  They end at 7 or 8..and that is the age when learning should become more formal. This is when most children are developmentally ready for such approaches.  Look abroad at nations like Finland where this is just what happens.  Their children are thriving and out performing ours.  Our children (and their families and teacher's) are tired, stressed, pressured and fed up. Children as young as 4 are switched off and see learning as boring....    Time to stop the testing our over tested children. Time to stop making children do things they are not ready for. Time to make a change for our children, their families and our educational workforce. Let's stand together to make a change for the future. WB Yeats stated that: "Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire". It's time to find the matches...

Keeping Early Years Unique
42,061 supporters
Update posted 7 days ago

Petition to Calcutta university

Postpone CU part 3, which is just before elections, stretching over 8 consecutive days

A request to the students annd the students body of different colleges which don't work entire year, please arrange for a protest. we don't have time left. http://chng.it/HDp6SJMJ sign this. Let's share in FB and call everyone for a protest on monday 20th march before cu. let's gather. call your friends. The exams have been scheduled from 2nd April to 9th April which is just before the elections. Many people will have to move back to their hometowns which take time and need reservations for train tickets. Also, many come from different states where they need to go to vote. The roads will be jammed by politicians and rallies , loud speakers will not let the students study and there may be problems in transpoetatiott too since it is a very volatile period. Also, it is not possible for a student to write so many papers for 8 days without any break in between. (only one sunday). it will take time to reach home because of the above mentioned reasons and it's impossible to study witwith rest. The youth is the future, treat them well and let us have our share. It is an appeal to the CM too, please redress our problem. We expect this from our CM to help her youth. I doubt this will reach the decision maker. Let's phase a protest in front of CU campus within 2 days. http://www.caluniv.ac.in/admin-new/officer.html the website contains the email addresses of the authorities. Send them as many mails as possible and let thtt realize the urgency. Bombardment of mails may help us get their attention. Thank you.A CU student.

Anamika Guha
1,894 supporters