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Education Ministry adds funds to scholarship programme

The Ministry of Education has received another $8 million for local and overseas scholarships and bursaries.

Free public school meal programme launched

A public school programme that ultimately aims to provide free breakfasts, lunches and snacks to all 5,200 public school students, launched last week with the beginning of the new school year.

Education minister: Why I waited so long to get vaccinated

Education Minister Juliana O'Connor-Connolly received her second COVID-19 vaccination last week, several months after her government colleagues rolled up their sleeves to get their jabs.

O’Connor-Connolly defends decision to join Panton’s government

In the first meeting of Parliament under the new administration, Cayman Brac East MP Juliana O'Connor-Connolly, who accepted a Cabinet role in Wayne Panton's government just hours before legislators were sworn in on Wednesday, defended her decision to leave the Progressives opposition.

Juliana, Isaac join PACT government

Former Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly has accepted a Cabinet position in Wayne Panton’s government, while new East End representative Isaac Rankine has come back to the coalition of independents.

Five female candidates head to Parliament

Five female representatives, two more than that of last legislature, will be taking their seats in Parliament.

Cayman Brac, Little Cayman each feature two-candidate battles

Sitting MPs Moses Kirkconnell and Juliana O'Connor-Connolly are both facing off against one opponent each, as they fight to secure re-election to represent Cayman Brac West and Little Cayman and Cayman Brac East, respectively.

Ministry confirms school re-start date pushed back

Cayman's government schools will remain closed for two weeks longer than planned as the holiday break has been extended, Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly has announced.
John Gray High School

Cost estimates for John Gray project continue to rise

The final phases of the new John Gray High School could cost more than $106 million, according to the Ministry of Education. The estimate, shared with the Legislative Assembly Thursday, is higher than the figures provided to the body just days before by Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly.

Lands minister pulls proposed beach-access changes

Law changes meant to empower the Registrar of Lands to register a public right of way where there is no objection to that registration have been withdrawn by Lands Minister Juliana O'Connor-Connolly.  

New CARICOM Youth Ambassadors selected

Jorel Bellafonte and Zoe Conolly-Basdeo have been appointed as Cayman’s new CARICOM Youth Ambassadors.

Suckoo: ‘There is no motion’ against premier

Cayman’s legislatures continued to distance themselves from rumours of a no-confidence motion against Premier Alden McLaughlin over the Domestic Partnership Bill.

Fact check: What MLAs got wrong in the domestic partnership debate

The Cayman Compass took a closer look into some of the MLA’s wide range of opinions over the Domestic Partnership Bill, separating fact from fiction, and in many cases filling in the blanks.

Colours Cayman: It’s time for governor to act

Local LGBTQ group Colours Cayman has called on Governor Martyn Roper to “fulfil his constitutional role” and “restore the rule of law” in the...
John Gray High School

Education roundup: Minister outlines school reopening plan

Minister of Education Juliana O’Connor-Connolly appeared alongside several of her colleagues during the 26 June government press conference to address questions about reopening Cayman’s schools.  

Schools to reopen in September

Cayman’s schools are set to reopen in September, Premier Alden McLaughlin confirmed Wednesday.

Parents question paying school fees during school closures

While parents of students in private schools question why they need to pay full fees during school closures, the association representing the schools say, without fees, the schools may have to close permanently.

Education minister: Schools closed until further notice

Cayman’s private and public schools will not reopen any time soon, according to Education Minister Juliana O'Connor-Connolly.
Cayman International School

Cayman schools test distance learning

Cayman schools have responded to disasters in the past. Emergencies like hurricanes and fires are events administrators know to prepare for.

Government schools get new buses for field trips

Government has purchased 16 new vehicles for public primary and high schools in the Cayman Islands. The total cost for the vehicles was $745,752, according to the Department of Education Services.

More Caymanians opt for private schools

Enrolment in private schools is increasing as more local parents opt out of placing their children in Cayman’s government-run public schools, the Public Accounts Committee heard last week.

Water service restored throughout island

Water service has been restored to all customers across Grand Cayman.

Educators eye cameras for classrooms

Education officials are considering adding cameras in local classrooms.

Budget breakdown: $20M prison upgrade among key spending plans

Government has announced plans to spend nearly $1.5 billion dollars over the next two years to support its plans and programmes. In a special feature, we analyse where that money comes from and where it goes.

Curriculum information remains on hold

The Ministry of Education has enlisted the help of a local public relations agency to promote the new curriculum being implemented in its primary schools, but so far little information on the programme has been released.

Activists want LGBTI included in anti-bullying legislation

Colours Cayman is calling on the government to include sexual orientation and gender identity in its proposed anti-bullying legislation.

Pay raise for teachers delayed

Despite a government surplus and the promise last year of a 1 Sept. wage increase for teachers, Education Ministry officials now say teachers won’t get the expected bump in salary for another year.

Cayman officials visit agriculture and food show in Jamaica

A delegation from the Cayman Islands picked up some tips and got a firsthand look at Jamaica’s agriculture industry this week.

Education Minister: Paying for test fees under review

Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly said on Thursday, during the Legislative Assembly, that her office is developing a policy paper on how to address the cost of exam fees for Cayman students.

Young, Walters next youth ambassadors to CARICOM

Shantelle Young and Tayvis Walters have been named as Cayman’s next youth ambassadors to the Caribbean Community, with Youth Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly marking the occasion on Wednesday by pinning the two with the ceremonial CARICOM pin.

South Sound beach renamed Consuelo’s Beach

Government took steps to cement the environmental legacy of Anna Consuelo Ebanks, nee Yates, last week. A sign and memorial plaque were unveiled, renaming South Sound Community Beach as Consuelo’s Beach in memory of the Cayman icon.

Churches hold anti-gay marriage rally

An estimated 2,000 people, many dressed in white, attended a rally in downtown George Town on Saturday afternoon to protest against a recent court decision to change the Marriage Law to legalise same-sex marriage in the Cayman Islands.

Government spends $6 million on sensitive lands

The Cayman Islands government now owns a little piece of Hell. Lands Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly informed the Legislative Assembly on Tuesday afternoon that a section of the Hell formation in West Bay was among 16 plots of land acquired by the government in the past year.

Minister outlines education changes

During Monday’s session of the Legislative Assembly, Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly focussed on overhauling school curriculum and re-outlined teacher salary changes that she first announced last August in her requests for supplemental funding.

EDITORIAL – Ensuring a firm foundation for marriage equality

The landmark legalisation of same-sex marriage in the Cayman Islands has unleashed powerful emotions. With them have surfaced all sorts of misinformation and confusion over legal rights, separation of powers and personal beliefs.

Same-sex marriage: What your representative said on the issue

Cayman Islands legislators unanimously backed a private members’ motion last week supporting government to appeal the decision by the chief justice that legalised same-sex marriage to the “full extent of the appeals process”.

UPDATE: Speaker Bush calls on governor to fire Human Rights chairman

Speaker McKeeva Bush has called for Human Rights Commission Chairman James Austin-Smith to be immediately fired by Governor Martyn Roper, following the commission’s statement Thursday criticising government’s decision to appeal the chief justice’s decision to legalise same-sex marriage.

O’Connor-Connolly: Meeting our water needs

Water is an essential building block of life.

Ministry of Education clears debt with UWI’s Open Campus

The Ministry of Education has squared its accounts with the University of the West Indies with a payment of $2.3 million, and says it wants to strengthen the relationship between the two entities.

CAL’s new Boeing MAX 8: To the Brac and back

The Boeing 737 MAX 8 took a ‘sightseeing tour’ of Little Cayman and the Brac before setting down at the Charles Kirkconnell International Airport

Nominations open for ‘Proud of Them’

The twice-yearly “Proud of Them” award scheme is once again seeking to recognize excellence among young people in the Cayman Islands.

Cayman’s school system, at a glance

The Cayman Islands school system is a multidimensional assortment of government entities and private service providers, which together deliver primary and secondary education to more than 8,600 children in the country.

UCCI board pushes for salary increases for college staff

Public school teachers cheered in August this year when Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly announced a plan to increase their salaries over the next two years to a minimum of $5,000 per month.

Details of teacher pay scale announced

Cayman Islands government school teachers will receive pay raises of between $136 to $640 per month beginning this month.

Brac celebrates 60th anniversary of coat of arms

Around 200 people, including schoolchildren, turned out in Cayman Brac Thursday for a celebration of the 60th anniversary of Cayman’s coat of arms.

Public school teachers get pay increase

The real pay increase for teachers will come next year.

Minister: John Gray High School construction to restart

In her start of the school year address, Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly talked about the ongoing project of building the new John Gray High School.

Government issues new dress code for schools

When government school students return to class next week, they will need to comply with new dress code guidelines issued Monday by the Ministry of Education.

Cayman opens new home for Olympic Committee

Cayman’s Olympic Committee has a new home, thanks to a crucial assist from the Panam Sports organization. Cayman opened its new Olympic House – the first permanent facility of its kind – on Thursday with a brief ceremony that featured speeches from some visiting dignitaries.

Council plans rollout of education changes

The number of financial cases before the Grand Court that have been sealed from the public has been steadily rising over the last decade, according to OffshoreAlert. - Photo: Taneos Ramsay

EDITORIAL – Let’s get the kids of North Side their ‘Field of Dreams’

It’s impossible to say with precision when the relationship between North Side representative Ezzard Miller and this newspaper began to deteriorate.

Church congratulates its graduate members

Boatswain Bay Presbyterian Church held its 25th Annual Graduates Service on Sunday, July 8, to congratulate and honor the graduates in its congregation from all levels of education, from preschool to university.

Officials announce Proud of Them recipients

A dozen students were honored Wednesday evening at the annual Proud of Them award ceremony at the George Town Yacht Club.

Hundreds attend Cayman’s first Student Volunteer Fair

More than 700 students from six high schools attended Cayman’s first Student Volunteer Fair. The fair brought students together with 20 nonprofit organizations that informed the teens about the various voluntary and community service work they can get involved in.

Minister: Beach access in every district

Cayman Islands lawmakers agreed this week to set aside $10 million to purchase land, including beachfront properties and beach access pathways, for future public use.
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‘Proud of Them’ nominations open

Nominations for the annual “Proud of Them” initiative, which honors the achievements of individual young people in the Cayman Islands, are now open.

Little Cayman Agriculture Show makes big return after hiatus

It took the entire Little Cayman Primary School to supply drinks for the Little Cayman Agriculture Show, which returned on Saturday after a one-year hiatus.

Ground broken for new automotive training center

Denise DeMercado still remembers how terrible she felt in 2009 when she turned away a young man looking for a job at Superior Auto, a business she runs with her husband Mark.

Herrman land donated to Brac’s National Trust

The Herrman family from the United States has donated another parcel of land to the Brac’s National Trust.

Brac Spring Weekend event brings youth, community together

A Spring Weekend youth gathering on Cayman Brac earlier this month brought together a diverse group of young people from the Brac and Grand Cayman.

Minister promises Cayman’s public school teachers better pay

Cayman Islands public school teachers were told to expect better salaries, but also to work harder to impact the performance of their students, during an educators seminar Tuesday.

Brac road paving continues

There are no plans to bring road paving equipment back from Cayman Brac in the near future, despite concerns from legislators that the lack of similar machinery was driving up the cost of road development in Grand Cayman.

Graduates get dose of politics

Politics invaded the graduation ceremony at the University College of the Cayman Islands on Thursday, Nov. 2.

‘Proud of Them’ nominations sought

The Ministry of Youth and the National Youth Commission announced Monday that nominations will be accepted until Nov. 6 for young people, ages 10 to 25, who have made notable achievements in academics, sports, their career, culture, business or community service.

EDITORIAL – John Gray campus must not wait until 2021 for completion

Education Minister Juliana O’Connor-Connolly has said completing the John Gray project is a priority. We trust that she, Education Councillor Barbara Conolly and Education Council Chairman Dan Scott will work to keep the John Gray project moving forward until it is finally removed from the “to do list” and added to the government’s list of accomplishments.

Mothballed John Gray High School project revived

Work on the new John Gray High School is not expected to resume until mid-2019, with a multi-stage assessment process planned over the next two years to determine the best way to complete the project.

EDITORIAL – A strong start for Cayman’s new ‘schoolmarm’

We usually associate standing ovations with rock stars, Broadway musical performers, and superstar athletes – not with newly minted education ministers. And yet, that is exactly the reception that the Hon. Juliana O’Connor-Connolly received when she addressed 700 schoolteachers and educators on Tuesday.

New minister: Greater resources, accountability for public schools

Juliana O’Connor-Connolly promised to fight for a minimum $5,000 a month salary for teachers in a rousing first speech as Cayman’s education minister that was greeted with a standing ovation Tuesday morning. The majority of teachers are paid between $3,500 and $4,800 per month, according to a 2011 government report.

Councilors named for Cayman government

Premier Alden McLaughlin announced on Thursday the assignments of three recently elected legislators as councilors in the Cayman Islands government.

Ministers’ plan splits law enforcement roles

The Progressives-led coalition government has divided responsibilities for law enforcement agencies among government ministries, one led by the premier and the other by Minister Tara Rivers.

Premier McLaughlin to lead 13-member coalition government

A coalition of 13 elected members of the Cayman Islands Legislative Assembly was sworn in Wednesday in downtown George Town, bringing an end to the political scramble that followed the territory’s May 24 general election.

Independent legislators look to join new ‘unity’ government

The Cayman Islands new coalition government will have at least 13 members, possibly as many as 15, by the time it is sworn in Wednesday morning.

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