Nova Scotia students continue to perform above the international average in reading, mathematics and science, according to the latest assessment results. The 2009 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), released today, Dec. 7, measured the student achievement of 15-year-olds in 65 countries, including Canada and each of the 10 provinces. Nova Scotia’s best showing was in reading, placing 13th in the world. Nova Scotia students also improved on the national stage, rising from the lower third among provinces to fifth in each of the three subject areas. “Our students are again demonstrating that they are among the best in the world, faring well against many of their counterparts in the United States, U.K. and much of Europe,” said Education Minister Marilyn More. “I congratulate students and teachers and encourage them, and boards, to keep up the good work.” The report found students in Nova Scotia performed at the national average in science, yet below the Canadian average in reading and mathematics. “While this assessment has a lot of good news for Nova Scotia, we need to do better,” said Ms. More. “Our challenge, as always, is to continue to improve within Canada. The financial and enrolment challenges facing our province also underscore the fact that we need to work closely with boards and our other partners to keep ourselves, and our investment in public education, focused on better outcomes for students.” Reading was the main focus of last year’s PISA study. “There was actually little difference statistically between Nova Scotia students and students in other parts of the country in reading,” said Vince Warner, director of evaluation services with the Department of Education. “Only two provinces, Alberta and Ontario, significantly outperformed Nova Scotia students.” Within the Nova Scotia results, the study also found: PISA follows the release of the International Baccalaureate results, which showed Nova Scotia’s IB students outperformed the world in 21 of 27 subject areas, including mathematics, English, biology and physics. The 2009 PISA study was administered to 2,133 students at 72 schools in Nova Scotia in April and May 2009. The assessment, conducted by the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development, can be viewed at http://www.cmec.ca/Programs/assessment/interstudent/Pages/pisa2009.aspx . girls significantly outperformed boys in reading, while boys outperformed girls in mathematics no significant difference in performance between boys and girls in science French-language students performed below English-language students in reading and science on average, consistent with other minority language students across the country French language students, on average, performed at the same level as English-language students in mathematics. Nova Scotia has the smallest gap in average performance between boys and girls in the country, and the second smallest between language groups in achievement
Kolkata: Dr R Ahmed Dental College and Hospital is the first hospital in the state to have a vertical garden on its campus near Moulali.The saplings have been planted on the walls of the hospital building spreading over an area of almost 900 square feet. According to an official of the hospital, this is a first of its kind and no medical colleges or dental colleges have come up with the idea so far. The responsibility of maintaining the garden lies with the alumni association of the dental college. Also Read – City bids adieu to Goddess DurgaIt is believed that other hospitals may follow the footsteps of the Asia’s oldest dental college. Dr Subhra Nandy, secretary, Dr.R.Ahmed Dental College and Hospital Alumni Association said: “We are grateful to the State Health department, College authority for this innovative concept.” The decision to put up vertical garden was taken as it is easy to maintain and in the age of a space crunch in the Metropolis the idea would contribute to enhance the greenery. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersThe project will also give added values to increase green cover on the hospital campus. It may be mentioned that New Town Kolkata Development Authority (NKDA) has already set up a vertical garden in New Town. NKDA chalked out a unique plan of putting up flower pots to set up green vertical gardens on Metro rail pillars as a part of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s ‘Save Green and Stay Clean’ project. The project is the only of its kind in the country, where flower pots have been put up on Metro pillars to set up vertical gardens along the Airport-Garia Metro railway route. The Eastern Railway had also taken up a pioneering step for providing more green cover towards a ‘Swachh’ and purified environment at Railway premises by installing vertical wall garden at Sealdah station. This vertical wall garden at Sealdah station will help in purifying the contaminated air in the heavily crowded area with millions of passengers commuting every day.
by The Canadian Press Posted Jun 10, 2016 6:44 am MDT Last Updated Jun 10, 2016 at 7:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email QuickStats: Facts and figures about employment in Canada for May OTTAWA – A quick look at May unemployment (previous month in brackets):Unemployment rate: 6.9 per cent (7.1)Employment rate: 61.1 per cent (61.1)Labour force participation rate: 65.7 per cent (65.8)Number unemployed: 1,346,500 (1,383,200)Number working: 18,055,200 (18,041,400)Youth (15-24 years) unemployment rate: 13.3 per cent (13.1)Men (25 plus) unemployment rate: 6.4 per cent (6.6)Women (25 plus) unemployment rate: 5.4 per cent (5.5)