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Report on the transformation of Clement Howell High School

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IMG_4611Turks and Caicos, July 25, 2017 – Providenciales – An institution with a great brand will attract strong students and committed teachers.  This is the intention of the new Clement Howell High School says the Director of Education, “The school now has a culture driven by passion, loyalty, input and support which are critical to the its development.”

The Ministry of Education received a report from the Director of Education on the progress made in transforming the Clement Howell High School “to become a school of excellence.”

Over the past six years, the school has experienced its share of challenges and some of these have resulted in the school being portrayed negatively in the public arena.   The Clement Howell High School was the fastest growing public high school for a number of years registering a total of 1,064 students.  The expansion of the student population coupled with decreasing budgetary allocation placed a strain on the infrastructure of the school and also saw an increase in school “gang-type” violence manifested at the school.

IMG_4615During the last two years, under new leadership at the School, Clement Howell High School was tasked with the responsibility of increasing discipline at the school, improve academic performance, improve in extra-curriculum activities, such as sports and performing arts (music club), with a view to improving the school’s academic and non-academic performance, changing its image and the public perception.  The school focused on three different areas to begin the change process: a thematic approach, discipline and academics.  The school currently serves 564 students with a teaching staff of 62 teachers.

The new approach saw a culture shift where everyone, particularly the students, were made to understand the role they played in the re-imaging effort as ambassadors of the school by being conscious of their portrayal of the school ethos outside the walls of the school.  School Discipline improved tremendously, for example, in 2014-2015 there were 21 school gang-related violent outbreaks, whereas in 2016-17, the school experienced 6 minor squabbles.

Improving the academic performance of students served by the CHHS was a major plank of the re-branding process. Performance in external examination has shown an increase from 71% to 76%.

The Government made a significant commitment to upgrade and improve the learning environment of the Clement Howell High School with an investment in the sum of $0.94M during the financial year 2016/17 and a further $2.06M in 2017/18.

IMG_4625The Minister of Education Youth Sports and Library Services, Hon. Karen Malcolm stated; “The Government has invested a lot of money into the rebranding of this institution and realized that a rebranding effort will only succeed if the product itself changes.  As minister with responsibility for the education of our young leaders, I am excited by this report, the product and culture of the new Clement Howell High School has changed.

A new brand and a fresh start with no negative baggage. The high school is now a strong brand that will attract students and teachers alike, and live up to the promise of becoming a school of excellence with Christian values.   The Government is committed to upgrading all Schools throughout the Turks and Caicos Islands, by strong leadership and providing the necessary infrastructure upgrades and resources the Principals and Teachers need to get the job done.” 

Press Release: TCIG

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Misick announces Longer terms in Office, Bi-Partisan Constitutional Changes 

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#TurksandCaicos, February 19, 2024 – Magnetic Media SOTS23 COVERAGE:  Premier WASHINGTON MISICK announced that there is bi-partisan agreement on the CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGES which the people of the Turks and Caicos can expect including a FIVE YEAR term for the elected Government.

The House of Assembly will finally leave the HJ Robinson High Auditorium to return home at the NJS Francis building and when it does, it will be called a PARLIAMENT with only ELECTED MEMBERS; (as reported) ending the four year term and ending the APPOINTMENT OF MEMBERS for a truly democratic composition of the house of representatives.

The State of the State Address, a creation of the Progressive National Party Administration, was carried live from Yellow Man and Sons Auditorium in Grand Turk, tonight February 19 which is also the three-year anniversary of the Misick-led government.

#TCIPremier #WashingtonMisick #SOTS2023 #TurksandCaicosParliament #tcinews

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How to protect against HIV 

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Dana Malcolm 

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#TurksandCaicos, February 15, 2024 – HIV/AIDS has killed more than 40 million people globally since it first appeared in the human population in 1959 according to the World Health Organization WHO and even though there are effective treatments there is no cure making prevention practices a top priority for vulnerable groups.

In recent months claims have emerged of rising cases locally creating concern in some Turks and Caicos residents.  The Ministry of Health has remained silent on the issue and has not published relevant statistics despite repeated queries from Magnetic Media.

Given the continued presence of the virus, individuals are still at risk from infection. In fact the WHO says in 2022, when 630,000 people died from HIV-related causes and 1.3 million people acquired HIV.

Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is the virus behind AIDS, the most advanced form of HIV.

The virus spreads through the body fluids of an infected person, including blood, breast milk, semen and vaginal fluids. It is not spread by kisses, hugs or sharing food.

With this in mind there are several steps that residents can take to protect themselves including

  • Using condoms during sex
  • Limiting sexual partners
  • Being tested regularly
  • avoiding sharing needles, syringes and other injecting equipment
  • Using personal protective gear when dealing with bodily fluids

Vulnerable populations can be administered Pre Exposure Prophylaxis which work to prevent infection and Post Exposure Prophylaxis which can prevent the virus from taking hold.

An HIV diagnosis is not a death sentence.  In 2024 HIV can be treated and prevented with antiretroviral therapy (ART). These drugs strengthen the immune system which HIV weakens significantly.

Still the WHO encourages residents to take preventative action.

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CARPHA: Take Action to Avoid the Harmful Effects of Saharan Dust

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February 16, 2024 – The Caribbean Public Health Agency (CARPHA) is urging persons to protect themselves against adverse health effects of a Saharan dust plume, which has covered many parts of the Caribbean.

The Caribbean Institute for Meteorology and Hydrology (CIMH) in a Dust Bulletin dated February 9th, 2024 stated, “it is highly likely that particulate matter levels will be above the 24-hour outdoor air quality guidelines” as established by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Dr Joy St John, Executive Director, CARPHA, explained “Saharan dust worsens air quality and increases the levels of particulate matter in the air.  This can be hazardous, especially to small children, older adults and people with underlying lung conditions and chronic cardiopulmonary diseases”.  Dr St John added, “Saharan dust can also worsen the health symptoms of those who suffer from asthma, allergies and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)”.

In light of the poor air quality levels, CARPHA is encouraging persons to take steps to avoid the harmful effects of Saharan dust. These include:

  • Stay indoors as much as possible and when outdoors, wear a dust mask (eg. KN95)
  • Utilise a HEPA filter indoors to purify air in individual rooms
  • Persons who use medications for pulmonary conditions should carry them at all times and use as prescribed
  • At the first sign of difficulty while breathing, seek professional medical advice immediately
  • For less severe symptoms, standard allergy medications such as antihistamines and steroid nasal sprays may alleviate symptoms

For more information, please see excerpts from the attached CIMH Dust Bulletin.

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