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February 26, 2014
A strong foundation pays off

Gia Paige Soles has always been a Principal's List (grade point average of 3.7 or higher) student, so laying claim to the best overall performance in the 2013 Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Examinations (BGCSE)...

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Education Minister challenges educators and community during visit to Andros
September 16, 2010
Education Minister challenges educators and community during visit to Andros

Minister of Education, the Hon Desmond Bannister wrapped up a two-day visit to North and Central Andros with a meeting of parents and community leaders at the North Andros High School during the week of September 6.

During his visit, Minister Bannister initially toured all schools in the district and met with students, teachers and administrators to access the educational landscape and address concerns of the respective groups.

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Taking In A Different View Of The World
August 22, 2012
Taking In A Different View Of The World

There is nothing more fulfilling than having hard work pay off -- and 17-year-old Dante Delaney knows this firsthand. Staying focused and dedicated to achieving his goals throughout his academic life has allowed him to accomplish one of his dreams -- acceptance into the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

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Arguably one of the brightest minds
August 07, 2013
Arguably one of the brightest minds

Shannon Butler is arguably one of the brightest minds to graduate high school this year, and it shows in the fact that he has amassed $146,000 in scholarship funds to pursue his educational dream of becoming a cardiothoracic surgeon.

The Queen's College graduate was recently named the 19th recipient of the All Bahamas Merit Scholar, and awarded a four-year $140,000 scholarship, after being named the Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity's 2013 valedictorian and awarded a $6,000 scholarship...

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2013 All-Bahamas Merit Scholar announced
August 03, 2013
2013 All-Bahamas Merit Scholar announced

Minister of Education, Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald announced 17-year-old Shannon Butler as the 2013 recipient of the All-Bahamas Merit Scholarship, the country's premier educational award.

The announcement was made during a press briefing on Thursday...

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August 24, 2012
Purpose of education

Dear Editor,
Earlier this month, the Minister of Education Jerome Fitzgerald announced this year's BGCSE and BJC exam results. The Nassau Guardian's headline read, "Dismal exam scores continue". Dismal might be an understatement. The results were abysmal.

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Govt signs contract for six-classroom block at Spanish Wells All Age School
August 15, 2011
Govt signs contract for six-classroom block at Spanish Wells All Age School

The Bahamas government signed a $1,192,651 contract with Garvin Neilly of St. George's Cay Construction Company to construct a six-classroom block addition to he Spanish Wells All-Age School, Wednesday, August 10.

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August 19, 2013
National D average: Substantial parental failure

Minister of Education, Science and Technology Jerome Fitzgerald recently explained the latest results of the Bahamas General Certificate of Secondary Education (BGCSE) exams. The summary of the results was that the national grade average of The Bahamas remains a D...

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Christie says social promotion in schools must end
August 14, 2012
Christie says social promotion in schools must end

Prime Minister Perry Christie said yesterday it is important that schools avoid social promotion.

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August 10, 2012
We must become more service oriented

Company: Front office manager, British Colonial Hilton

Guardian Business: Can you briefly describe your experience in the tourism sector and what your role is today?

Andrew: I started work in the field of hospitality in 1991 on the front desk at the Casuarinas Hotel on West Bay Street. I then moved to The Sheraton Grand Hotel on Paradise Island in 1992 until 1999, when I was given the opportunity to be a part of the team at the Hilton Hotel downtown.
Within my present role I am responsible for the front desk, concierge, valet, pool, beach and gym and the executive lounge, which hosts our top tier guests.

GB: Why did you choose to work in tourism as a career?

Andrew: The various daily activities are very exciting. Everyday brings new challenges and the opportunity to meet people from around the world. No two days are the same, especially when working along with people from various cultures and backgrounds.

GB: What has been your most memorable moment?

Andrew: I have had so many, from meeting royalty (most recently Prince Harry) and celebrities, to being selected to work in Minneapolis to work for Hilton, to administering CPR to a child that had a coin lodged in her throat. Overall, the hotel industry has been very good to me.

GB: Has the industry changed since you started your career? How?

Andrew: The industry has changed drastically; guests are much more knowledgeable about the product and services and aspects of the daily operation have truly evolved into a science from a revenue standpoint. Overall, customer service is very demanding and we have had to rise to the challenge in order to remain competitive.

GB: What should The Bahamas focus on to stay competitive?

Andrew: We as a country must become more service oriented. I feel that we have strayed away from a true service culture and must focus on regaining this. As our number one industry, training needs to be introduced earlier in high school education in order to groom those that wish to become tourism professionals. The establishment of a BGCSE in hospitality would be great! Also, due to the high operating cost locally, there should be further concessions, especially to smaller branded hotels in order to attract them to us.

GB: What advice would you give to a young person who is considering a career in tourism?

Andrew: Stay focused on your goals and try to gain a strong educational base and work on your language skills. Work and interact with as many people as possible in order to help you decide if you have skill of working along with people. Be patient but aggressive and take on any opportunities for advancement that may come your way.

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