NYCJ Concerned About Privatization Of HEART/NTA

first_img Share Sharing is caring! NewsRegional NYCJ Concerned About Privatization Of HEART/NTA by: – September 19, 2012 Share Sharecenter_img 43 Views   no discussions Tweet Chairman of the National Youth Council of Jamaica, Ryan SmallKINGTON, September 19, 2012: The National Youth Council of Jamaica (NYC) is expressing strong opposition at an alleged move for the privatization of the Human Employment and Resource Training Agency (HEART Trust/NTA), the country’s national training agency. A CAUSE FOR CONCERN“Under the previous administration, for the latter part of 3 years, there was a 51 cent reduction in the number of persons certified by the HEART Trust/ NTA, translating to over 36,000 Jamaicans who no longer have an opportunity to upgrade themselves” Mr. Small, Youth Council President said in a statement. He further added that there has been a 22 per cent reduction in the number of participants enrolled at HEART Trust NTA in the same period.Mr. Small attributed these declines to the then Government’s decision to shut down 45 community-based facilities offering HEART NTA certification and reduction in budgetary allocation. He further noted that it was extremely disappointing to know that for the 2009/2010 financial year, J$100million was taken from the Heart Trust NTA fund and 2010/2011 financial year, J$374 million was also taken same fund. On the other hand, increasingly more and more young people are experiencing severe difficulties given their socio-economic circumstances source funds to pay for the HEART Two certification that is being requested by prospective employers when individuals with HEART Certification apply to their organization. Consequently, the effect resulting from the alleged privatization of the HEART Trust institution will see a drastic reduction in enrollment rate and more at-risk and unattached unskilled youth will unable to access skills training and certification, due to their inability to afford such programme, thus would be a step in the wrong direction, considering the alarming statistics of the number of youth who are both perpetrators and victims of their own crimes as result of change of focus policy makers.Against that background, the Youth Council is calling on the HEART Trust NTA, Ministry of Education and by extension the Government to articulate their position and plans for the HEART Trust National Training Agency. This is a clear indication of the need for urgent reform of the country’s national training agency. The Youth Council has written to the HEART Trust NTA following allegation by a highly placed source at HEART Trust of the impending privatization plan by the institution and is yet to receive written response. In the same breathe, it must be noted that efforts to contact HEART Trust via phone to in obtaining clarification have been unsuccessful as staff personnel at the institution declined to comment on the matter. NEED FOR SKILLS DEVELOPMENT POLICY In closing Mr. Small is urging the government to establish and implement a Skills Development Policy and an accompanying Workforce Development Plan. He maintained that the need for such approach is supported by data released by the Jamaica Productivity centre indicating that productivity in Jamaica has been declining at a rate of 1.4% per year for the last 35 years and by 3.4% per year in more recent years.He maintained that more resources and focus must be place on skill training that will allow our young people to be more marketable and competitive to halt the productively decline and reverse this trend. Press releaselast_img read more

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Egypt stun favourites Ivory Coast

first_imgEgypt will meet Cameroon in the final after stunning tournament favourites Ivory Coast in an engrossing contest.Ahmed Fathi put the defending champions ahead on 12 minutes with a strike from the edge of the penalty area.Amr Zaki made it 2-0 with a header after the break, but Kader Keita pulled a goal back a minute later with a stunning 25-yard strike.Zaki scored another from the edge of the area, and Mohamed Aboutrika added the fourth in stoppage time.Earlier Cameroon, who lost 4-2 to Egypt in their opening group game, beat Ghana 1-0.Egypt goalkeeper Essam Al-Hadari had a superb game and he made at least two world-class saves at key moments of the game to keep his side ahead.In contrast the Ivory Coast goalkeeper Boubacar Barry had to be substituted in the first half due to injury and his replacement, the inexperienced goalkeeper Stephan Loboue, looked at fault for Egypt’s second and third goals. Kolo Toure returned to the Ivory Coast defence, but was not at his sharpest, and he too was badly at fault for Egypt’s third goal.Egypt took a more physical approach to the game than usual, deciding to take on the Elephants’ power.Didier Drogba worked his way into the penalty area in the 11th minute, but goalkeeper Al-Hadari had the shot covered.The Pharoahs went ahead a minute later when a corner was not cleared decisively and after the ball came to Fathi he fired it in at the near post.Al-Hadari used his body to save a Drogba shot from six yards out, then at the other end, a 20-yard left-footer from Mohamed Aboutrika went narrowly wide.Egypt continued to maintain their presence in the game with confident, incisive play, and there was a blow for Ivory Coast in the 37th minute.Barry had to be replaced with Loboue, playing his first competitive international, having not featured for his German second division club all season.But the Elephants were unlucky not to equalise in first-half stoppage time. Drogba headed a corner goalwards with astonishing power, but the ball went straight into Al-Hadari’s body, and, with Aruna Dindane ready to pounce, it was cleared away by Hosni Abd Rabou.Al-Hadari stopped another Drogba header with a brilliant fingertip save three minutes into the second half.The Ivory Coast pressure intensified and on the hour Al-Hadari had to punch Arthur Boka’s inswinging free-kick over bar.Zaki made it 2-0 in the 62nd minute after Ahmed Hassan swung in a corner that Didier Zokora tried to clear at the near post.The ball went to Zaki, who headed in off the crossbar with Loboue not moving an inch. Ivory Coast responded seconds later, when Keita was given room to dribble across to a central position and he unleashed a thunderbolt from 25 yards.Zaki restored the two-goal advantage after Toure fatally turned his back on the ball allowing the striker to scored from 20 yards.Ivory Coast applied continual pressure but Egypt held firm, and with the Elephants committed to attack, Aboutrika scored in stoppage time from an Egypt break.Few would have predicted the scoreline, and the Pharaohs’ defence of the trophy remains on course.Source: BBClast_img read more

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